Carbon: An Exploration of Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential in Bukoba District, North-West Tanzania

Byjesh, K. and Rufino, M. and Titonell, P. (2009) Carbon: An Exploration of Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential in Bukoba District, North-West Tanzania. In: International Conference on Climate Change and Natural Resources Conflict in Africa: , 14-15th May 2009, Entebbe, Uganda.

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The adversities of climate change related to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions emphasise the importance of carbon sequestration in the terrestrial ecosystem. Therefore, research needs to quantify the potential sequestration capacity of soil, a major terrestrial sink. To this end an attempt was made to study the effect of variability in topography, land use and farm types (classification based on socioeconomic indicators) on soil carbon sequestration, a textural property of the soil which affects the carbon storage potential. The research was conducted at Butaiyabega village, Bukoba district in north-west Tanzania near Lake Victoria. Plausible farming practice scenarios were described and analysed to predict the potential carbon sequestration. The soil samples were collected from three different depths from different land-use fields of different farm types across different topographic classes. The potential or attainable carbon sequestration based on soil texture was calculated for all the land uses and a dynamic simulation model (FIELD) was used to simulate different management scenarios for ten years to quantify the total soil carbon stock in the upper layer of soil of annual cropping fields.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Author Affiliation: Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Subjects: Atmosperic Science
Crop Improvement
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 14:17
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2012 14:17

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