Carbon Sequestration

This project is a part of Theme 4 and is focused on identifying carbon sequestration tradeoffs embedded in land use decisions to support future land management. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide and is one method of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change.

The objectives of this project are to use high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery and community data gathering to generate more detailed land classification datasets that can be used to determine trajectories of land over change and carbon fluxes in Hawaiʻi over the past two decades. Then use these datasets to generate interactive visualizations and next-generation decision support tools and applications to help decision-makers understand the multi-sector impact of current landuse change. Lastly, to model the potential of future climate-smart land use practices to support climate mitigation efforts at local, county and community levels.

Meet the Team

Climate Scientists

Rebecca Ostertag

UH Hilo

Christian Giardina

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ryan Perroy

UH Hilo

Data Scientists

Jason Leigh

Co-PI, Data Science Lead

UH Mānoa

Sean Cleveland

UH System

Travis Mandel

UH Hilo