We designed our methods to estimate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes through individual households, and to address two primary questions:
- How are these fluxes distributed across households?
- What biophysical and socioeconomic factors contribute to differences in these fluxes across households?
Our hybrid approach combines:
- a mailed survey (pdf)
- energy provider records
- on-the-ground landscape measurements
- a computational tool (the Household Flux Calculator)
- 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.