Monitoring and Assessment of Carbon Storage in Ecosystems

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2024 | Viewed by 97

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Soil Protection and Recultivation, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbusdisabled, Cottbus, Germany
Interests: soil; biomass; energy; carbon; poplars; soil recultivation

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Soil Protection and Recultivation, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbusdisabled, Cottbus, Germany
Interests: forest recultivation; energy forests; agroforestry; forest ecology and organic soil additives

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Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Interests: climate change; ecosystems; eco-hydrology; agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbon storage in soils is key for the development and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems as it contributes to the mitigation of climate change effects as well as to the adaptation of ecosystems to climate extremes and, hence, to their resilience. In recent decades, inappropriate soil management practices, including deforestation, have caused detrimental carbon losses from soils on a global scale. More recently, the additional CO2 release from natural and managed ecosystems, as an indirect effect of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, has come into focus.

This Special Issue will provide a survey on the carbon sequestration potentials of major biomes such as tundras, boreal coniferous forests, tropical rainforests, savannas, and all forms of wetlands, as well as grasslands and arable land. The specific vulnerability of these systems to climate change and inappropriate land use will be discussed considering the losses of soil carbon and related impacts on soil fertility, water and nutrient cycling, and on biodiversity. Also, climate change-induced soil degradation processes, as the natural feedback loop of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, will be addressed. In this context, specific options for restoring soil functions to increase the resilience of such systems will be described. This will include approaches to harmonizing the protection of ecosystems and the utilization of ecosystems for production purposes. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of indicators reflecting the ecological state of these systems also allowing for a qualitative and/or quantitative assessment of the effects of respective restoration measures. This will form the basis for the implementation of advanced monitoring approaches in a quantifiable and sustainable manner and for exploration of how identified indicators may be used to reward management-derived ecosystem services.

Prof. Dr. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Dr. Uwe Schneider
Dr. Katrin Schneider
Guest Editors

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  • soil carbon sequestration
  • soil carbon losses
  • biodiversity-related carbon storage (biomass/management)
  • climate change adaptation
  • climate change mitigation
  • carbon pools and fluxes
  • rhizosphere
  • carbon-related soil parameters
  • soil monitoring (e.g., fertility)
  • carbon management

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