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Achievable agricultural soil carbon sequestration across Europe from country-specific estimates

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dc.contributor.author Rodrigues, Leonor
dc.contributor.author Hardy, Brieuc
dc.contributor.author Huyghebeart, Bruno
dc.contributor.author Fohrafellner, Julia
dc.contributor.author Fornara, Dario
dc.contributor.author Barancikova, Gabriela
dc.contributor.author Barcena, Teresa G.
dc.contributor.author De Boever, Maarten
dc.contributor.author Di Bene, Claudia
dc.contributor.author Feiziene, Dalia
dc.contributor.author Kaetterer, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Laszlo, Peter
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Lilian
dc.contributor.author Seitz, Daria
dc.contributor.author Leifeld, Jens
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-07T13:30:29Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-07T13:30:29Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09-20
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/359
dc.identifier.citation Rodrigues, L., Hardy, B., Huyghebeart, B., Fohrafellner, J., Fornara, D., Barančíková, G., Bárcena, T. G., De Boever, M., Di Bene, C., Feizienė, D., Käetterer, T., Laszlo, P., O’Sullivan, L., Seitz, D. and Leifeld, J. (2021) ‘Achievable agricultural soil carbon sequestration across Europe from country‐specific estimates’, Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15897. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1354-1013
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2486
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15897
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 9 September 2021; Published online - 20 September 2021. en_US
dc.description.abstract The role of soils in the global carbon cycle and in reducing GHG emissions from agriculture has been increasingly acknowledged. The ‘4 per 1000’ (4p1000) initiative has become a prominent action plan for climate change mitigation and achieve food security through an annual increase in soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks by 0.4%, (i.e. 4‰ per year). However, the feasibility of the 4p1000 scenario and, more generally, the capacity of individual countries to implement soil carbon sequestration (SCS) measures remain highly uncertain. Here, we evaluated country-specific SCS potentials of agricultural land for 24 countries in Europe. Based on a detailed survey of available literature, we estimate that between 0.1% and 27% of the agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can potentially be compensated by SCS annually within the next decades. Measures varied widely across countries, indicating differences in country-specific environmental conditions and agricultural practices. None of the countries' SCS potential reached the aspirational goal of the 4p1000 initiative, suggesting that in order to achieve this goal, a wider range of measures and implementation pathways need to be explored. Yet, SCS potentials exceeded those from previous pan-European modelling scenarios, underpinning the general need to include national/regional knowledge and expertise to improve estimates of SCS potentials. The complexity of the chosen SCS measurement approaches between countries ranked from tier 1 to tier 3 and included the effect of different controlling factors, suggesting that methodological improvements and standardization of SCS accounting are urgently required. Standardization should include the assessment of key controlling factors such as realistic areas, technical and practical feasibility, trade-offs with other GHG and climate change. Our analysis suggests that country-specific knowledge and SCS estimates together with improved data sharing and harmonization are crucial to better quantify the role of soils in offsetting anthropogenic GHG emissions at global level. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This study has been funded and supported by the Horizon 2020 European Joint Programme SOIL (EJP-SOIL), grant agreement: 862695; Funding source: H2020-SFS-2018-2020/H2020-SFS-2019-1. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.rights © 2021 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
dc.subject 4 per 1000 initiative en_US
dc.subject agricultural management en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject Europe en_US
dc.subject GHG mitigation en_US
dc.subject soil carbon sequestration en_US
dc.title Achievable agricultural soil carbon sequestration across Europe from country-specific estimates en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted 2021-09-09
dcterms.dateSubmitted 2021-08-24


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