Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project
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We designed our methods to estimate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes through individual households, and to address two primary questions:

  1. How are these fluxes distributed across households?
  2. What biophysical and socioeconomic factors contribute to differences in these fluxes across households?


Our hybrid approach combines:

  1. A mailed survey
  2. Energy provider records
  3. On-the-ground landscape measurements
  4. A computational tool (the Household Flux Calculator)
  5. Parcel data (interpreted using GIS)

The resulting dataset includes information on biophysical and socioeconomic variables that potentially influence household-level fluxes of elements. Using this method to study element fluxes at the household level allows us to explicitly link consumption choices and element fluxes.