Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 70, Issue 1–4, pp 357–371 | Cite as

Analysis of agroecosystem carbon pools

  • C. Vernon Cole
  • Keith Paustian
  • Edward T. Elliott
  • Alister K. Metherell
  • Dennis S. Ojima
  • William J. Parton
Part III Workshop Research Presentations Section 2: Non-forest Terrestrial Systems


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Vernon Cole
    • 1
  • Keith Paustian
    • 2
  • Edward T. Elliott
    • 2
  • Alister K. Metherell
    • 3
  • Dennis S. Ojima
    • 2
  • William J. Parton
    • 2
  1. 1.USDA Agricultural Research Service Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  3. 3.Ag Research, c/o Soil Science DepartmentLincoln UniversityLincolnNew Zealand

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