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Will European soil-monitoring networks be able to detect changes in topsoil organic carbon content?

Nicolas Saby, Patricia Bellamy, Xavier Morvan, Dominique Arrouays, Robert Jones, Frank Verheyen, Mark Kibblewhite, Ann Verdoodt UGent, Judit Uveges and Alexandra Freudenschuss, et al. (2008) Global Change Biology. 14(10). p.2432-2442
abstract
Within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, articles 3.3 and 3.4 stipulate that some voluntary activities leading to an additional carbon (C) sequestration in soils could be accounted as C sinks in national greenhouse gas inventories. These additional C stocks should be verifiable. In this work, we assess the feasibility of verifying the effects of changes in land use or management practice on soil organic carbon (SOC), by comparing minimum detectable changes in SOC concentration for existing European networks suitable for soil monitoring. Among the tested scenarios, the minimum detectable changes differed considerably among the soil-monitoring networks (SMNs). Considerable effort would be necessary for some member states to reach acceptable levels of minimum detectable change for C sequestration accounting. For SOC, a time interval of about 10 years would enable the detection of some simulated large changes in most European countries. In almost all cases, the minimum detectable change in SOC stocks remains greater than annual greenhouse gases emissions. Therefore, it is unlikely that SMNs could be used for annual national C accounting. However, the importance of organic C in soil functions, and as an indicator of soil condition and trends, underlines the importance of establishing effective national SMNs.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
organic carbon, soil, detection of change, concentration, Europe, Kyoto protocol, network, monitoring, verification
journal title
Global Change Biology
Glob. Change Biol.
volume
14
issue
10
pages
2432 - 2442
publisher
BLACKWELL PUBLISHING
place of publication
Oxford, England
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000259360500016
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
5.876 (2008)
JCR rank
3/163 (2008)
JCR quartile
1 (2008)
ISSN
1354-1013
DOI
10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01658.x
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
684065
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-684065
date created
2009-06-09 09:15:12
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2009-06-19 09:10:03
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  abstract     = {Within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, articles 3.3 and 3.4 stipulate that some voluntary activities leading to an additional carbon (C) sequestration in soils could be accounted as C sinks in national greenhouse gas inventories. These additional C stocks should be verifiable. In this work, we assess the feasibility of verifying the effects of changes in land use or management practice on soil organic carbon (SOC), by comparing minimum detectable changes in SOC concentration for existing European networks suitable for soil monitoring. Among the tested scenarios, the minimum detectable changes differed considerably among the soil-monitoring networks (SMNs). Considerable effort would be necessary for some member states to reach acceptable levels of minimum detectable change for C sequestration accounting. For SOC, a time interval of about 10 years would enable the detection of some simulated large changes in most European countries. In almost all cases, the minimum detectable change in SOC stocks remains greater than annual greenhouse gases emissions. Therefore, it is unlikely that SMNs could be used for annual national C accounting. However, the importance of organic C in soil functions, and as an indicator of soil condition and trends, underlines the importance of establishing effective national SMNs.},
  author       = {Saby, Nicolas and Bellamy, Patricia and Morvan, Xavier and Arrouays, Dominique and Jones, Robert and Verheyen, Frank and Kibblewhite, Mark and Verdoodt, Ann and Uveges, Judit and Freudenschuss, Alexandra and Simota, Catalin},
  issn         = {1354-1013},
  journal      = {Global Change Biology},
  keyword      = {organic carbon,soil,detection of change,concentration,Europe,Kyoto protocol,network,monitoring,verification},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {2432--2442},
  publisher    = {BLACKWELL PUBLISHING},
  title        = {Will European soil-monitoring networks be able to detect changes in topsoil organic carbon content?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01658.x},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2008},
}

Chicago
Saby, Nicolas, Patricia Bellamy, Xavier Morvan, Dominique Arrouays, Robert Jones, Frank Verheyen, Mark Kibblewhite, et al. 2008. “Will European Soil-monitoring Networks Be Able to Detect Changes in Topsoil Organic Carbon Content?” Global Change Biology 14 (10): 2432–2442.
APA
Saby, N., Bellamy, P., Morvan, X., Arrouays, D., Jones, R., Verheyen, F., Kibblewhite, M., et al. (2008). Will European soil-monitoring networks be able to detect changes in topsoil organic carbon content? Global Change Biology, 14(10), 2432–2442.
Vancouver
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Saby N, Bellamy P, Morvan X, Arrouays D, Jones R, Verheyen F, et al. Will European soil-monitoring networks be able to detect changes in topsoil organic carbon content? Global Change Biology. Oxford, England: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING; 2008;14(10):2432–42.
MLA
Saby, Nicolas, Patricia Bellamy, Xavier Morvan, et al. “Will European Soil-monitoring Networks Be Able to Detect Changes in Topsoil Organic Carbon Content?” Global Change Biology 14.10 (2008): 2432–2442. Print.