Land use change and land use management impact climate by altering both the biogeochemical and biophysical interactions between the land and atmosphere. Whereas much of the literature focuses exclusively on the biogeochemical impact of land use change, few have explored the biophysical impacts of land use changes such as wetland restoration. With nascent policy mechanisms set to incentivize low emission land use practices like wetland restoration, it is essential that methodologies take into consideration how the biophysical impacts of land use change could drive regional scale climatic perturbations, enhancing or attenuating the biogeochemical impacts of restoration.
This study takes an energy balance and aerodynamic approach to diagnose measured temperature differences over various restored wetland and agricultural land uses in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Monday afternoon, B13E-0661.