USGS Land Carbon

Since 2010, the USGS has released a methodology (USGS Scientific Investigations Report 5233) for the national assessment of biologic carbon sequestration, completed the assessment for the conterminous United States divided in three regional reports (USGS Professional Papers 1787- Great Plains, 1797- Western US, and 1804- Eastern US), and developed and released a web site ( for data distribution and visualization. In addition, a number of research papers have been published in leading journals by USGS and academic scientists supported by the program.

The biologic carbon sequestration assessment program is designed to meet the following requirements:

  • Assess the current and potential carbon balance (stocks and fluxes) in major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
  • Evaluate the effects of both natural and anthropogenic driving forces on ecosystem carbon balance and greenhouse gas fluxes;
  • Develop carbon monitoring methods and capabilities; and
  • Conduct research and provide science support for increasing carbon sequestration in land management policies and practices.

You can learn more about the USGS Land Carbon program here.

View the USGS Land Carbon app to apply results through mapping to your areas of interest.