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Lateral carbon transfer from erosion in noncroplands matters

EU Science Hub study calculates a global estimate of erosion‐induced organic carbon (C) displacement. A gross C displacement by soil erosion is estimated to 2.5 Pg (2.2-3.0Pg). The greatest share of displaced carbon comes from seminatural lands and forests.

This study combines two unprecedentedly high resolution (250 × 250 m) maps of soil erosion (inter‐rill and rill processes) and soil organic carbon to calculate a global estimate of erosion‐induced organic carbon (C) displacement. This suggests that lateral C transfer from erosion in noncroplands may play a more important role than previously assumed.

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