Carbon Loss from Histosols


CALISTO is a new research project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under the STRIVE Climate Change Research Programme (CCRP 2006-2013) to investigate carbon loss from organic soils under grassland.

The project aims to  (1) review existing literature on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, fluvial C losses and land use management of grassland on organic soils, (2) quantify the gaseous fluxes of CO2, CH4, N2O at four grassland sites in the Republic of Ireland, (3) quantify and characterise fluvial C losses (DOC, POC, pCO2, DIC), (4) develop Emission Factors for CO2 and CH4 and (5) assess the potential of mitigation measures to reduce C losses from this land use category.

This project will contribute significantly to national inventory reporting by allowing Ireland to progress towards a higher Tier reporting level for this land use category as well as providing a comprehensive overview of C dynamics in organic soils.

Dr Florence Renou-Wilson

College of Life Sciences

Agriculture and Food Science Centre

University College Dublin


Dublin 4


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