Carbon is constantly cycling between Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. It moves in different forms among living things, soil, sedimentary rocks, fossil fuels, the atmosphere and the oceans. Recently, people have begun releasing large amounts of stored carbon into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels. This causes changes in our global climate and creates problems for human well-being.
Arizona State University researchers address carbon issues end-to-end, from the point of emission to capture and storage to reuse. The university brings together specialists from across academic backgrounds to address not only technical issues, but also political and socioeconomic issues of decarbonization to get our carbon cycle back in balance.
Learn more about ASU's research and expertise on carbon and climate:
Learn how carbon relates to climate change and how that affects our lives.
Meet two ASU researchers working to capture carbon in very different ways.
NextPotential turns greenhouse gas into natural gas
A student startup company recycles captured carbon to use as fuel.
Carbon policy—think globally, act locally
ASU researchers talk about the challenges of enacting policies to reduce carbon emissions.
The breathing ocean
An ASU scientist explores the role of marine life in the carbon cycle.