Research 141: Carbon Loss from Drained Organic Soils under Grassland – CALISTO

Summary: This study describes a two year study of the net ecosystem carbon balance of two such sites and aims to deliver data to allow the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to progress towards a higher tier reporting level for this land use category.

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-84095-571-2

Pages: 49

Filesize: 1,367KB

Format: pdf

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Temperate grasslands on organic soils are diverse due to edaphic properties but also because of regional management practices, and this heterogeneity is reflected in the wide range of greenhouse gas (GHG) flux values reported in the literature.

In Ireland, most grasslands on organic soils were drained several decades ago and are managed as extensive pastures with little or no fertilisation.

This study describes a two year study of the net ecosystem carbon balance (NECB) of two such sites and aims to deliver data to allow the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to progress towards a higher tier reporting level for this land use category (LUC). It also provides a comprehensive overview of carbon (C) dynamics in organic soils by investigating all potential C imports and exports, including fluvial C loss.