Soil Carbon stocks and schanges in the Republic of Ireland

Roy Tomlinson

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    The soil carbon (C) stock of the Republic of Ireland is estimated to have been 2048 Mt in 1990 and 2021 Mt in 2000. Peat holds around 53% of the soil C stock, but on 17% of the land area. The C density of soils (t C ha-1) is mapped at 2 km*2 km resolution. The greatest soil C densities occur where deep raised bogs are the dominant soil; in these grid squares C density can reach 3000 t C ha-1. Most of the loss of soil C between 1990 and 2000-up to 23 Mt C (1% of 1990 soil C stock)-was through industrial peat extraction. The average annual change in soil C stocks from 1990 to 2000 due to land use change was estimated at around 0.02% of the 1990 stock. Considering uncertainties in the data used to calculate soil C stocks and changes, the small average annual 'loss' could be regarded as 'no change'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-93
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Environmental Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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