Thanos Papanicolaou – a Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, and a UI professor of civil and environmental engineering – and his colleagues received a three-year $641,737 NASA grant to research how intense agricultural activities affect carbon emissions.
Intense agricultural activities refer to the practices associated with increased crop production.
Papanicolaou hopes that the research will determine links between CO2 emission, land use-changes and soil organic carbon. From this, Papanicolaou hopes to create better estimates of future CO2 emissions.
For more information, read Papnicolaou’s research proposal here.