Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Geospatial Science

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Dr. David M. Brommer

Second Advisor

Dr. Mario A. Mighty

Third Advisor

Dr. Jason S. Watson

Abstract

This study quantified the discrete and areal carbon sequestration capacity of the University of North Alabama’s green infrastructure. USDA i-Tree was used to analyze and report on the carbon sequestration of 1487 campus trees, which provided -82.29 metric tons CO2 sequestration. Quantification of CO2 sequestered for 61 acres of undisturbed stands of native forest is -56.45 MT CO2. A summated sequestration capacity of UNA green infrastructure is estimated at -138.74 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Sequestration capacity of the University of North Alabama’s green infrastructure is compared to their direct emissions for 2017. The scope I CO2e emissions from gasoline, diesel, and natural gas totaled 1,982.10 Metric tons. The offset capacity of UNA green infrastructure was estimated at 6.98% of UNA Scope I emissions, leaving a balance of 1,848.36 Metric tons of CO2e emission as UNA’s Scope I footprint.

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