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Tropical Land Use Change and Soil Carbon: Implications for REDD

by Shereen Abdelaaty last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:53 AM
Contributors: Dr. Erika-Marin Spiotta, University of Wisconsin

PowerPoint of Dr. Erika-Marin Spiotta's June 16 2010 presentation to the USAID Biodiversity and Forestry Seminar Series. Tropical Land Use Change and Soil Carbon: Implications for REDD. Presentation Summary: Soils contain two to three times more carbon than is found in above ground biomass and in the atmosphere. The release of soil carbon due to tropical deforestation and/or land use change is a major source of greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change, after fossil fuel emissions. Thus, understanding how soils respond to land use is important for evaluating the success of carbon sequestration projects. This talk presents results from field research and an analysis of published data from across the tropics to help predict the fate of soil carbon pools during different land use conversions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of different factors, specifically soil type, climate, method of land conversion, vegetation type, land use intensity, and time since conversion, on the response of soil carbon, particularly during reforestation.

Author(s): Dr. Erika-Marin Spiotta, University of Wisconsin

Publication Date: 2010

Location: Tropics

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