How to measure, report and verify soil carbon change to realize the potential of soil carbon sequestration for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal

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  • Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen
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  • Jean Francois Soussana, UMR Herbivores
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  • Denis Angers, AgriFood Canada
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  • Louis Schipper, University of Waikato
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  • Claire Chenu, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
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  • Daniel P. Rasse, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
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  • Niels H. Batjes, Wageningen University & Research
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  • Fenny van Egmond, Wageningen University & Research
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  • Stephen McNeill, Landcare Research
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  • Matthias Kuhnert, University of Aberdeen
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  • Cristina Arias-Navarro, UMR Herbivores
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  • Jorgen E. Olesen
  • Ngonidzashe Chirinda, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical
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  • Dario Fornara, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
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  • Eva Wollenberg, University of Vermont
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  • Jorge Álvaro-Fuentes, CSIC
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  • Alberto Sanz-Cobena, Technical University of Madrid
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  • Katja Klumpp, UCA

There is growing international interest in better managing soils to increase soil organic carbon (SOC) content to contribute to climate change mitigation, to enhance resilience to climate change and to underpin food security, through initiatives such as international ‘4p1000’ initiative and the FAO's Global assessment of SOC sequestration potential (GSOCseq) programme. Since SOC content of soils cannot be easily measured, a key barrier to implementing programmes to increase SOC at large scale, is the need for credible and reliable measurement/monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) platforms, both for national reporting and for emissions trading. Without such platforms, investments could be considered risky. In this paper, we review methods and challenges of measuring SOC change directly in soils, before examining some recent novel developments that show promise for quantifying SOC. We describe how repeat soil surveys are used to estimate changes in SOC over time, and how long-term experiments and space-for-time substitution sites can serve as sources of knowledge and can be used to test models, and as potential benchmark sites in global frameworks to estimate SOC change. We briefly consider models that can be used to simulate and project change in SOC and examine the MRV platforms for SOC change already in use in various countries/regions. In the final section, we bring together the various components described in this review, to describe a new vision for a global framework for MRV of SOC change, to support national and international initiatives seeking to effect change in the way we manage our soils.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftGlobal Change Biology
Vol/bind26
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)219-241
Antal sider23
ISSN1354-1013
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StatusUdgivet - jan. 2020

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