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Climate Change Resilience

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Objective

Evaluate the effect of climate change on the carbon cycle of Korean agricultural land and coastal ocean and suggest an appropriate management method under future climate change.

Background and Contents

- The terrestrial and marine environment of the Korean peninsula is changing rapidly as a result of global warming and high anthropogenic nitrogen input. Yet our understanding of the carbon cycle of this region is limited by lack of systematic data collection, which in turn limits our ability to detect and understand future change.
- Predict greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission by comparing the field measured data (greenhouse gas emission from the soil) and predicted results derived from a process-based model. The conceptual framework to mitigate GHGs emission can be adopted using modeling results.
- Measure partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and aragonite saturation state (an indicator of ocean acidification) and estimate air-sea CO2 exchange.

Expected contribution

- A suggestion of appropriate farming practice (e.g., low-carbon farming practices) will be provided for achieving environmentally and economically sustainable methods in Korean agricultural fields. It could also contribute to effective strategies towards achieving economic and sustainable management of Korean agricultural fields to prepare for the future impact of climate change.
- The systematic, high-quality measurements of pCO2 and aragonite saturation state in Korean coastal waters will define current levels before the further anthropogenic change occurs as a result of anthropogenic CO2-driven acidification and warming, which threatens marine organisms. These new data will be particularly helpful to the broad oceanographic and fishery communities

Research Team

Tae-Wook Kim, Korea University
Seunghun Hyun, Korea University
Wonjae Hwang, Korea University
Young Ho Ko, Korea University
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