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FAO helps Tanzania monitor carbon stocks

11 September 2012, AfriCAN Climate
URL: http://www.africanclimate.net/en/news/fao-helps-tanzania-monitor-carbon-stocks


Forest soils contain important carbon stocks. Deforestation, forest degradation, and changes in forest management practices can all release carbon from soil into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

Deforestation, forest degradation, and changes in forest management practices can all release carbon from soil into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. For these reasons reliable estimates of soil carbon stocks and stock changes are important. The FAO soil survey project for Tanzania was presented at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany. The results of the sampling will be used in computer modelling which allows scientists to estimate changes in soil carbon stocks over time. Dynamic modelling is a less expensive and laborious approach to monitoring changes in soil carbon stocks than repeated soil surveys conducted every 5 to 10 years.

 
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