Burton LabUndergraduate Research

Carbon Sequestration in Tropical Forests


  • Tropical forest plantations have the potential to play an important role in carbon sequestration and the mitigation of climate change

  • This project, conducted in collaboration with the Forestry Institute in Ghana (FORIG), is refining methods to calculate biomass and carbon content of tropical forest plantations in Ghana. The hope is to develop improved, species specific information on productivity, wood density and wood carbon concentration that will greatly improve our ability to estimate carbon sequestration for reforestation efforts and commercial forestry operations in tropical regions. The information will be useful both for carbon accounting and for development of carbon sequestration strategies. Master's student Daniel Yeboah and doctoral student Emmanuel Ebanyenle are both involved in this research in Ghana.