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A multi-model assessment of C cycling and soil C sequestration in grasslands and croplands

Sandor, R and Ehrhardt, F and Basso, B and Bellocchi, G and Bhatia, A and Brilli, L and De Antoni Migliorati, M and Doltra, J and Dorich, C and Doro, L and Fitton, N and Giacomini, SJ and Grace, P and Grant, B and Harrison, MT and Jones, S and Kirschbaum, MUF and Klumpp, K and Laville, P and Leonard, J and Liebig, M and Lieffering, M and Martin, R and McAuliffe, R and Meier, E and Merbold, L and Moore, A and Myrgotis, V and Newton, P and Pattey, E and Recous, S and Rolinski, S and Sharp, J and Massad, RS and Smith, P and Smith, W and Snow, V and Wu, L and Zhang, Q and Soussana, JF, A multi-model assessment of C cycling and soil C sequestration in grasslands and croplands, Proceedings of 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, 3-7 September 2017, Harpenden, United Kingdom, pp. 1-2.


Emerging ecological and societal challenges require accurate and long-term data for climate studies, agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability. Agricultural activities can lead to either losses or gains of soil organic carbon (SOC) in croplands and grasslands. Improved knowledge of SOC pools and fluxes, and greater confidence in the biophysical models used to assess carbon (C) balances in agricultural systems are therefore required by policy makers to implement effective policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as to ensure productivity via ie. soil fertility improvement. Increasing SOC stocks improves soil quality and structure, and is seen as a short- to mid-term solution mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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