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Accumulation of Carbon and Nitrogen in Residential Soils with Different Land-Use Histories
Urban areas are growing in size and importance; however, we are only beginning to understand how the process of urbanization influences ecosystem dynamics. In particular, there have been fewExpand
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Methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and use in the urban region of Boston, Massachusetts
  • K. Mckain, A. Down, +9 authors S. Wofsy
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 23 January 2015
Significance Most recent analyses of the environmental impact of natural gas have focused on production, with very sparse information on emissions from distribution and end use. This study quantifiesExpand
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The Engaged University: Providing a Platform for Research That Transforms Society
Despite a growing recognition that the solutions to current environmental problems will be developed through collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, substantial challenges stifle suchExpand
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Nitrogen retention in urban lawns and forests.
Lawns are a dominant cover type in urban ecosystems, and there is concern about their impacts on water quality. However, recent watershed-level studies suggest that these pervious areas might be netExpand
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Inconsistent definitions of "urban" result in different conclusions about the size of urban carbon and nitrogen stocks.
There is conflicting evidence about the importance of urban soils and vegetation in regional C budgets that is caused, in part, by inconsistent definitions of "urban" land use. We quantified urbanExpand
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Mapping carbon storage in urban trees with multi-source remote sensing data: relationships between biomass, land use, and demographics in Boston neighborhoods.
High resolution maps of urban vegetation and biomass are powerful tools for policy-makers and community groups seeking to reduce rates of urban runoff, moderate urban heat island effects, andExpand
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Depleted soil carbon and nitrogen pools beneath impervious surfaces.
Urban soils and vegetation contain large pools of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) and may sequester these elements at considerable rates; however, there have been no systematic studies of the compositionExpand
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Field and remotely sensed measures of soil and vegetation carbon and nitrogen across an urbanization gradient in the Boston metropolitan area
Understanding the impact of urbanization on terrestrial biogeochemistry is critical for addressing society’s grand challenge of global environmental change. We used field observations and remotelyExpand
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Nitrate production and availability in residential soils.
The rapid increase in residential land area in the United States has raised concern about water pollution associated with nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrate (NO3-) is the form of reactive N that is mostExpand
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Atmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA
Urbanization alters nitrogen (N) cycling, but the spatiotemporal distribution and impact of these alterations on ecosystems are not well-quantified. We measured atmospheric inorganic N inputs andExpand
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