Dr. Sabine Reinsch's blog

On how to maximise the contribution of long-term experiments to global science…

Climate change affects our lives: floods destroy urban and natural areas, droughts cause plants to wilt and harm our soils, and constantly increasing carbon dioxide concentrations transform the earth into a giant greenhouse. Researchers around the world are examining the impacts of climate change on plants and soils. We want to understand how plants and soils respond to changes in the environment. This will help us to predict and prevent floods and the deterioration of soils in the future.

Soils store carbon – or do they? The effect of climate change on soil carbon

Dr Sabine Reinsch gives an overview of a new paper in Biogeochemistry detailing a soil carbon study at a long-term experimental site in Denmark...

The global soil carbon stock is estimated to be 2000 gigatonnes of carbon. Every year, ~95 gigatonnes of carbon is released to the atmosphere. The amount of carbon that is stored in the soil is the difference between the carbon that goes into the soil and the carbon that is released from the soil. In a world of climate change the behaviour of soils to store or lose carbon might change.

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