APAI Linkage "Quantifying the effects of CO2 emissions on an Aust.Savanna

Grant number: LP0209546

Abstract

Queensland Nickel's Yabulu refinery produces 3,400 tonnes of CO2 daily. CO2, a fertiliser, may affect plant growth in surrounding coastal savannas. QNPL is sponsoring research that uses an open-air CO2-enhancement facility to assess the potential benefits and costs of emissions. An Australian first and a world tropics first, this research will quantify potential impacts of CO2 on vegetation dynamics, soil processes, soil carbon dynamics and livestock management options Expected outcomes include the validation and extension of biophysical grazing management models, estimation of the carbon sequestering capacity of tropical rangelands, and increased understanding of climate change effects on t..

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