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Title: Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California

Abstract

Conversion of natural lands to residential and agricultural uses can limit carbon (C) storage. Conservation measures, such as purchasing land to prevent development, can preserve stored aboveground C. Furthermore, since it is difficult to know what would happen to the land in the absence of conservation interventions, the additional carbon benefit of these programs remains unknown. Therefore, we analyzed 73 coastal parcels (292,184 total acres) acquired by the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and developed counterfactual scenarios to highlight the impact of conservation actions. We found that an additional 55 * 10 3 Mg aboveground C (1.357% of the total stored carbon) was protected. The methodology we develop here, which incorporates expert opinion and neighboring land conversion trends, effectively evaluates the impact of conservation purchases to prevent land conversion, and could be used to measure changes of various ecosystem services.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1510753
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Land Use Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 13; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1747-423X
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Land cover change; land use; landscape conservation; counterfactual analysis; highest and best use (HBU) of land

Citation Formats

Moanga, Diana, Schroeter, Isabel, Ackerly, David, and Butsic, Van. Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1080/1747423x.2018.1533043.
Moanga, Diana, Schroeter, Isabel, Ackerly, David, & Butsic, Van. Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California. United States. doi:10.1080/1747423x.2018.1533043.
Moanga, Diana, Schroeter, Isabel, Ackerly, David, and Butsic, Van. Wed . "Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California". United States. doi:10.1080/1747423x.2018.1533043. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1510753.
@article{osti_1510753,
title = {Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California},
author = {Moanga, Diana and Schroeter, Isabel and Ackerly, David and Butsic, Van},
abstractNote = {Conversion of natural lands to residential and agricultural uses can limit carbon (C) storage. Conservation measures, such as purchasing land to prevent development, can preserve stored aboveground C. Furthermore, since it is difficult to know what would happen to the land in the absence of conservation interventions, the additional carbon benefit of these programs remains unknown. Therefore, we analyzed 73 coastal parcels (292,184 total acres) acquired by the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and developed counterfactual scenarios to highlight the impact of conservation actions. We found that an additional 55 * 103 Mg aboveground C (1.357% of the total stored carbon) was protected. The methodology we develop here, which incorporates expert opinion and neighboring land conversion trends, effectively evaluates the impact of conservation purchases to prevent land conversion, and could be used to measure changes of various ecosystem services.},
doi = {10.1080/1747423x.2018.1533043},
journal = {Journal of Land Use Science},
number = 4,
volume = 13,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {10}
}

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