December, 2007: Study on Hurricane Katrina's Carbon Footprint published in Science
A study by Dr. Jeffrey Chambers from Tulane University and other colleagues showed that Katrina uprooted or severely damaged roughly 320 million trees, making an enormous impact on the carbon balance in the region. The researchers analyzed satellite imagery from before and after the hurricane to determine the net change in dead wood and ground litter. The findings have implications for the carbon footprint of the region’s forests. Through photosynthesis, living trees store carbon, but when they die they begin to decompose, and the action of those decomposing organisms releases carbon. Noreca Consulting has been working together with Dr. Chambers to develop a computer simulation model for carbon dynamics in the central Amazon rainforest.