Soil Carbon

Increasing the quantity of carbon stored in agricultural soils has the potential to offset emissions of GHGs to the atmosphere.

However, realising this potential is technically challenging when soil carbon stocks are already high as they are in New Zealand, potential changes in soil carbon are small and spatial variability is high.

The current NZAGRC programme has two components:

We have also supported international work to map on farm soil carbon.

Principal Investigators

Professor Frank Kelliher, AgResearch
Dr David Whitehead, Landcare Research

Research Stories

Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: Mapping soil organic carbon stocks

This publication provides an overview of how we can map the amount of carbon stored in New Zealand soils.

  1. pdf NZAGRC-PGgRc_Soil carbon mapping.pdf (3.02MB)

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