Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 357–371

Analysis of agroecosystem carbon pools

Authors

  • C. Vernon Cole
    • USDA Agricultural Research Service Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State University
  • Keith Paustian
    • Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State University
  • Edward T. Elliott
    • Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State University
  • Alister K. Metherell
    • Ag Research, c/o Soil Science DepartmentLincoln University
  • Dennis S. Ojima
    • Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State University
  • William J. Parton
    • Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State University
Part III Workshop Research Presentations Section 2: Non-forest Terrestrial Systems

DOI: 10.1007/BF01105007

Cite this article as:
Cole, C.V., Paustian, K., Elliott, E.T. et al. Water Air Soil Pollut (1993) 70: 357. doi:10.1007/BF01105007

Abstract

We present analyses of major driving variable controls on soil C in agroecosystems. Historical changes in soil C storage in agricultural soils are characterized by large losses during transition from natural grasslands and forests. A major driver in more recent times is the steadily increasing rate of net primary production of major land areas in agriculture. Simulation and analytical models are used to predict trajectories and potential soil C storage under possible scenarios of changed management and climate. Database and analytical requirements for extrapolation from regional to global scales are outlined.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993