Managing and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Different Landscape Mosaics

Different landscape mosaics contribute an as yet poorly quantified contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration, as well as having an uncertain direct warming effect through variations in their surface properties thereby limiting our ability to implement mitigation measures at the farm scale. In this project we aim to assess the GHG characteristics and surface-related warming effects of the most relevant European landscape types and examine the optimum configuration of different land uses and management interventions, including afforestation-related GHG offsetting, to minimise or reduce GHG emissions. We will provide information that can be utilised for on-farm reporting tools, including an economic tool and the Cool Farm Tool (CFT), whilst also using this information to both refine and increase the utility of these approaches, particularly in relation to CH 4and N2O exchange and for organic soils. Important compensation mechanisms will be quantified and their impact on regional to national scale GHG emissions and soil carbon stocks assessed. Finally, appropriate methodologies to report and verify the effects of landscape scale GHG emission compensation mechanisms, both top-down and bottom-up, will be developed and assessed.

University College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Bruce Osborne

Project partners
Helmholtz Center Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
Institut National de Recherche en Agronomie(INRA), France
Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Teagasc, Ireland

Total requested funding
1,229,000 €

Project duration
36 months

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