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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NEWS from GHG-Manage



The first GHG-Manage Workshop was organised on 25-26 April 2019 at the Institute of Agrophysics, PAS (IA) in Lublin (Poland) and involved the participation of the Project Coordinator and all project partners. During the workshop, the progress of the work and ongoing activities were presented, and there was a tour of the IA laboratories, where the analyses of soils and gas samples are carried out. An important element was a visit to selected forest stands (young and mature forest, with different soil types), where a 2-year programme of measurements are being carried out. The workshop hosts presented information on their research (both field and laboratory) on GHGs emission and CH4 uptake by forest soils. Initial results from the field studies indicate that forest soils have a variable but significant capacity to absorb CH4 and are generally a source of CO2 and N2O, which is seasonally variable and characteristic of the forest type and soil characteristics.