Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study: Long-Term Monitoring

Mountain meadows in the Sierra Nevada provide multiple ecosystem services including a natural storage for atmospheric carbon. Research has shown that meadows contain at least two times more carbon, nitrogen, dissolved organic carbon, and dissolved organic nitrogen than degraded meadows. Restoring mountain meadows has the potential to increase soil organic carbon sequestration, creating a region-wide carbon sink that will help offset CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use.

SYRCL has received funding to monitor and sample greenhouse gases at Loney, Upper Loney, and Deer Meadows in the Tahoe National Forest for the next several years. This data will give SYRCL and our partners spatial and temporal information about the flux of greenhouse gases in mountain meadows and provide helpful information for future restoration efforts.

What: Monitor greenhouse gas monitoring stations. Monitoring duties include setting up chambers and collecting gas samples for lab analysis (extract sample into syringe and deposit into vacuum sealed headspace vial). Training will be provided on-site.

When: Exact dates and times TBD. Starting August 2015 and continuing for next several years.

Where: Loney Meadow in Tahoe National Forest

What to Bring:  Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), hat, etc.

Volunteer need: 1-2 monitors for 1 day, every 3 weeks

Contact our Betsy Harbert, River Science Project Manager, to get involved at or 530-265-5961 ext. 224.