New publication on carbon sequestration in arable soils

A publication on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils has been produced as part of a master’s thesis: (Schwengbeck et al. 2023). Lea Schwengbeck created four scenarios for sustainable land use for the model region ECO²SCAPE in northwest Saxony and modeled how the climate regulation of soils changes under the different scenarios and under the influence of climate change until the year 2070. The results show an average carbon sequestration potential of 5.13-7.18 t C per ha and year for the whole study area, depending on the intensity of the applied agricultural management practices. The most important factor in increasing SOC stocks was reduced tillage, but reduced fertilizer application also proved to be crucial. Finally, strict implementation of sustainable practices was shown to offset the negative effects of a climate change scenario.

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