Climate reporting "Organic Soils"-assessment and development of methods, activity data and emission factors for the climate reporting under LULUCF/AFOLU


Climate reporting "Organic Soils"-assessment and development of methods, activity data and emission factors for the climate reporting under LULUCF/AFOLU.
Due to heavy drainage and intense agricultural land use, peatlands play an important role in the German greenhouse gas [GHG] inventory [NIR, 2009]. Although Germany contains only 3.2% of European peatlands, it is the second largest emitter of GHG out of peatlands and wetlands in Europe. In order to fulfil the obligations for the climate reporting Organic Soils under the IPCC categories Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) and Agriculture, Forestry & Land Use (AFOLU), improved data on current and future C fluxes, C pools and C sinks are needed as the current data situation in Germany and elsewhere in Europe is insufficient (Byrne et al., 2004). As part of this nationwide collaborative research project funded by the von Thünen Institut, Braunschweig (vTI), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, represented by the Department of Soil Science, is working on an inventory which includes reliable and up-to-date information on the spatial distribution of mires, peatlands and other organic soils as well as information on their specific soil properties. References: Byrne, K. A., Chojnicki, B. Christensen, T. R., Drösler, M., Freibauer, A., Friborg, T., Frolking, S., Lindroth, A., Mailhammer, J., Malmer, N., Selin, P., Turunen, J.,Valentini, R., Zetterberg, L. (2004): EU Peatlands: Current Carbon Stocks and Trace Gas Fluxes. Christensen, R. T., Friborg, T. (Hrsg.) Carboeurope-GHG. Viterbo, Italy, University of Tuscia. UBA (2009): Nationaler Inventarbericht (NIR) zum Deutschen Treibhausgasinventar 1990-2007.

Principal investigators
Zeitz, Jutta Prof. Dr. agr. (Details) (Soils and Environmental Science)

Financer
Sonstige Bundesmittel (keine Ministerien) - HU als Unterauftragnehmerin

Duration of project
Start date: 01/2009
End date: 12/2012

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