Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2014 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Urban to Rural Gradient Studies: Carbon, Nitrogen, and Air Quality contribution of human activities, maintained vegetation, emissions, and human health
Hom, John
Co-Authors: John Hom, Nicanor Saliendra, Matthew Patterson, Jonathan Dandois, Ian Yesilonis, Jong Ahn Chun, and Kathy Szlavecz, Jessica Schedlbauer and Grace Brush

Abstract: Urban to rural studies provide a gradient of atmospheric CO2 and air temperature along a transect to investigate the changes in land use, species response, succession, and biomass. Carbon, water, and energy flux were measured in a complex urban environment with relatively high vegetation cover. Results show that the vegetation cover correlates well with carbon uptake and land surface temperature. Analysis with different land uses shows that higher vegetation cover having more C uptake, less C emissions, and lower surface temperatures, providing beneficial ecosystem services.