Take part in a survey about soil organic carbon management (SOC)
Soils are an enormous reservoir of carbon, containing nearly twice as much carbon as the atmosphere and three times as much carbon as is in biomass and vegetation. Agricultural soils, particularly those degraded in organic carbon, are considered to have a large potential for carbon storage. Soil organic carbon is vital in controlling soil quality, agricultural productivity, biodiversity, and water protection and conservation. Storing atmospheric CO2 in agricultural soils may also serve as an important component of short to long term climate mitigation efforts.
About this questionnaire
There are numerous challenges to maintaining and enhancing agricultural soil organic carbon content. In this questionnaire, we present these challenges and divide them into 3 themes:
(1) understanding how soil organic carbon is created, processed, and stored;
(2) monitoring soil organic carbon and managing for increases;
(3) implementation of land and soil management practices for improving soil carbon stocks.
Each section contains a number of challenge areas for which you will be asked to rate our understanding of, and rank the challenges in order of importance for improving soil organic carbon stocks, based on your knowledge and views. If you feel there are any challenges we have missed, or a particular aspect of a challenge you would like to highlight, please write this in the ‘Other’ part of each section.
These challenges have been identified from literature and the purpose of this questionnaire is to refine and prioritise these ideas for future research into soil organic carbon in agriculture. The results of this questionnaire will be used in part to support a strategic research agenda into soil organic carbon to be submitted to the European Commission.
This questionnaire has been created as part of CIRCASA (Coordination of International Research Cooperation on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture; https://www.circasa-project.eu/) and is aimed at academic and industrial researchers to identify scientific research needs. This questionnaire is distinct from the “Stakeholders’ perceptions on the role of Soil Organic Carbon” survey circulated through September and October. If you have already filled out that survey, please still consider filling out this questionnaire.
What is CIRCASA?
Soils are an enormous reservoir of carbon, containing nearly twice as much carbon as the atmosphere. Preventing soil carbon from entering the atmosphere is essential for climate mitigation efforts. Moreover, agricultural soils also carry a large potential for additional carbon sequestration, especially already degraded soils. Both preserving and enhancing soil organic carbon (SOC) has further benefits, contributing to improved soil quality, agricultural productivity, biodiversity and water protection and thus increased resilience against climate change. CIRCASA project aims to strengthen the coordination and synergies in European and global research on SOC sequestration in agricultural soils, leading to an improved understanding and scientific basis to target ambitious practices required to preserve and enhance SOC.