Soil carbon stocks and projected changes according to land use and management: a case study for Kenya

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Abstract

Soil organic (SOC) and inorganic carbon (SIC) stocks of Kenya were determined using four different methods to provide baseline data. The assessments used an updated version of the 1 : 1 M soil and terrain database for the country. Estimates for national SOC stocks to 1 m depth ranged from 3452 to 3797 Tg C. The findings highlight the need for comprehensive databases of soil and terrain data of good quality that consider more than one representative profile per soil component. The 95% confidence limits for the median, area-weighted SOC content were largest in the humid highlands (15.4¿15.7 kg C m-2) and smallest in the hot arid zone (4.4¿4.5 kg C m-2). Conversely, for SIC these values were largest in the arid zone (4.3¿4.5 kg C m-2) and smallest in high rainfall areas (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-355
JournalSoil Use and Management
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • sequestration
  • world

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