Richard Scharf

Richard Scharf

Senior Soil Scientist

Janice McMahonMr. Scharf is a soil scientist with over 24 years of experience in a variety of soils-related projects. His expertise includes soil carbon accounting, soil mapping, soil and groundwater flow studies, agroforestry, wildlife management, plant habitat and wetland delineations. His project management experience includes both private and public-sector projects in South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut as well as working around the world validating and verifying offset projects. He has been involved in validating several AFOLU GHG offset credit methodologies for Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and contributed to the development of two Climate Action Reserve (CAR) protocols as a Workgroup Member. Among many project validations and verifications, he helped verify the first ACR Nitrogen Reduction project, and the first ACR Rice project.

Mr. Scharf serves as a Senior Scientist for Aster Global and has been with the team for over eleven years. His duties include managing and conducting soils work for carbon offset crediting projects, auditing carbon offset crediting projects, onsite and municipal wastewater projects, stormwater projects, soil mapping and wetland delineation. Mr. Scharf is a North Carolina Licenses Soil Scientist, a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and a South Carolina Registered Soil Classifier

Project Experience:
• High intensity soil mapping projects for onsite wastewater systems, general development & land use capability and wildlife management
• Soils investigations for municipal and individual wastewater systems
• Stormwater infiltration studies
• Groundwater monitoring/precipitation studies
• Wetland delineations
• Scenic River Suitability Studies.
• Research – contaminant transport through soils
• Research – nitrogen fertility in corn

Richard's Resume

Education Level:

M.S. Soil Fertility, Iowa State University, 1989
B.S. Natural Resource Conservation, University of Connecticut, 1981

Years of Experience:


Professional Affiliations:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Soil Science Society of North Carolina


  • Climate Action Reserve Lead Verifier - Rice Cultivation
  • Climate Action Reserve Lead Verifier - Nitrogen Management
  • Climate Action Reserve Lead Verifier - Grasslands
  • NC Licensed Soil Scientist
  • Ohio Certified Soil Professional
  • SC Professional Soil Classifier
  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist

GHG Validation and Verification Experience

Aster Global staff members have been conducting third-party validations and verification since 2007 and has been accredited by ANSI under ISO 14065:2007 since March of 2010.  Due to strict confidentiality requirements associated with many of our current and past projects we are unable to discuss full details of projects; however, the following is a list by program of the past and current project validation/verification experience of Mr. Scharf:


American Carbon Registry ( ACR )
California Air Resources Board (ARB)
British Columbia (BC)
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
Climate Action Reserve (Reserve)
Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
Natural Forest Standard (NFS)
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
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