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Carbon measuring system to help mitigate climate change
Date:5/18/2009

rate social and economic circumstances of land users into the modelling to ensure the sustainability of carbon benefits, and that the system is user-friendly. Prof Michael Stocking from the group said the system would enable organisations funding and running rural development and natural resource management schemes to demonstrate and verify the carbon benefits of their activities.

"We need to be able to track the change in carbon levels above and below ground, but at the moment there is no standardised, cost-effective and simple method to do this," said Prof Stocking. "A system is needed that can be applied to and measure the carbon impact of all types of projects, whether they are encouraging small scale enterprises, such as furniture making and carving, or planting forests and crops. Natural resource management projects claim to have carbon benefits and organisations need to be able to demonstrate how their investments achieve global environment benefits.

"This research will develop a tool to help us understand what the carbon impacts of our activities are, on greenhouse gas emissions and on sequestration by vegetation and the soil. Agriculture has the biggest potential for capturing and storing carbon, thus reducing climate change. It will also enable organisations to establish whether carbon offsetting schemes are a success, which would hopefully then act as an incentive to do more."

Focusing on cropland, grazing lands, agro-forestry and forestry, the system will enable forest managers, farmers and other land users to look at the present carbon situation above and below ground and at alternative land management scenarios. It will help them select agricultural and agro-forestry options to lower carbon emissions, increase the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and its storage in vegetation and soil, and improve related environmental, social, and economic benefits. It would also allow managers of new projects to look at the carbon im
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Contact: Cat Bartman
c.bartman@uea.ac.uk
44-160-359-3007
University of East Anglia
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