Climate-smart soils

Keith Paustian (Corresponding Author), Johannes Lehmann, Stephen Ogle, David Reay, G. Philip Robertson, Pete Smith

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Abstract

Soils are integral to the function of all terrestrial ecosystems and to food and fibre production. An overlooked aspect of soils is their potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Although proven practices exist, the implementation of soil-based greenhouse gas mitigation activities are at an early stage and accurately quantifying emissions and reductions remains a substantial challenge. Emerging research and information technology developments provide the potential for a broader inclusion of soils in greenhouse gas policies. Here we highlight ‘state of the art’ soil greenhouse gas research, summarize mitigation practices and potentials, identify gaps in data and understanding and suggest ways to close such gaps through new research, technology and collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalNature
Volume532
Issue number7597
Early online date6 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2016

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Paustian, K., Lehmann, J., Ogle, S., Reay, D., Robertson, G. P., & Smith, P. (2016). Climate-smart soils. Nature, 532(7597), 49-57. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature17174