Climate and soil properties limit the positive effects of land use reversion on carbon storage in Eastern Australia

Rabbi, S. M. F., Tighe, Matthew, Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel, Cowie, Annette, Robertson, Fiona, Dalal, Ram, Page, Kathryn, Crawford, Doug, Wilson, Brian R., Schwenke, Graeme, Mcleod, Malem, Badgery, Warwick, Dang, Yash P., Bell, Mike, O'Leary, Garry, Liu, De Li and Baldock, Jeff (2015) Climate and soil properties limit the positive effects of land use reversion on carbon storage in Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 5 17866: . doi:10.1038/srep17866


Author Rabbi, S. M. F.
Tighe, Matthew
Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel
Cowie, Annette
Robertson, Fiona
Dalal, Ram
Page, Kathryn
Crawford, Doug
Wilson, Brian R.
Schwenke, Graeme
Mcleod, Malem
Badgery, Warwick
Dang, Yash P.
Bell, Mike
O'Leary, Garry
Liu, De Li
Baldock, Jeff
Title Climate and soil properties limit the positive effects of land use reversion on carbon storage in Eastern Australia
Journal name Scientific Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2045-2322
Publication date 2015-12-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/srep17866
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 17866
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Australia’s “Direct Action” climate change policy relies on purchasing greenhouse gas abatement from projects undertaking approved abatement activities. Management of soil organic carbon (SOC) in agricultural soils is an approved activity, based on the expectation that land use change can deliver significant changes in SOC. However, there are concerns that climate, topography and soil texture will limit changes in SOC stocks. This work analyses data from 1482 sites surveyed across the major agricultural regions of Eastern Australia to determine the relative importance of land use vs. other drivers of SOC. Variation in land use explained only 1.4% of the total variation in SOC, with aridity and soil texture the main regulators of SOC stock under different land uses. Results suggest the greatest potential for increasing SOC stocks in Eastern Australian agricultural regions lies in converting from cropping to pasture on heavy textured soils in the humid regions.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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