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Faculty Mentor

Christopher Badurek

Creation Date

4-2022

Document Type

Open Access Document

Abstract

Greenhouse gas emissions are a significant contributing factor to the greenhouse effect. The process of carbon sequestration, or carbon storage, is the natural absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This study addressed the possible impact of geographic setting and scale on the estimation of carbon sequestration from trees. This was conducted using i-Tree Canopy version 7.1 and ArcMap version 10.8 for SUNY Cortland, SUNY Cortland Hoxie Gorge, Cortlandville, City of Cortland, Town of Homer, Village of Homer, and Cortland County. Results indicated these municipalities were the most urbanized in the county. Ultimately, Cortland County had the highest amount of tree canopy, therefore the highest amount of sequestration and storage. The county had an average of 474,080 and 15,179,990 tons, respectively, while SUNY Cortland had the least with averages of 81.39 and 2,606.15 tons. Additionally, i-Tree Canopy produced reliable and accurate estimates with no influence from geographic setting or scale.

Keywords

i-Tree Canopy, Trees, carbon sequestration, GIS, Cortland County

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