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County-level Estimates of Carbon Dioxide Release from Livestock, 2000-2008

Tristram O. West
Joint Global Change Research Institute
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Craig C. Brandt
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

These data represent carbon dioxide release by livestock in the United States. Emissions are based on livestock population data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Census of Agriculture. Livestock in this analysis include dairy cows, non-dairy cows, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, and horses. Additional details on datasets and methods used in this analysis can be found in the following publication:

West, T.O., V. Bandaru, C.C. Brandt, A.E. Schuh, and S.M. Ogle. 2011. Regional uptake and release of crop carbon in the United States. Biogeosciences 8: 2037-2046. DOI: 10.5194/bgd-8-2037-2011.

Tabular data are provided by county and by year in Excel and CSV formats. Units are in Megagrams C per county per year.

Carbon Dioxide Release from Livestock Expiration, 2000-2008:
CSV file CSV (379kb) Excel file Excel (396Kb)