Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon

Law, Elizabeth A., Bryan, Brett A., Torabi, Nooshin, Bekessy, Sarah A., McAlpine, Clive A. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2015) Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon. Ecosystem Services, 13 6-15. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.007

Author Law, Elizabeth A.
Bryan, Brett A.
Torabi, Nooshin
Bekessy, Sarah A.
McAlpine, Clive A.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon
Journal name Ecosystem Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-0416
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.007
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Start page 6
End page 15
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2303 Ecology
1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract Carbon stocks and emissions are quantified using many different measures and metrics, and these differ in their surrogacy, measurement, and incentive value. To evaluate potential policy impacts of using different carbon measures, we modeled and mapped carbon in above-ground and below-ground stocks, as well as fluxes related to sequestration, oxidation and combustion in the Ex Mega Rice Project Area in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. We identify significant financial and carbon emission mitigation consequences of proxy choice in relation to the achievement of national emissions reduction targets. We find that measures of above-ground biomass carbon stock have both high measurement and incentive value, but low surrogacy for potential emissions or the potential for emissions reductions. The inclusion of below-ground carbon increased stocks and flows by an order of magnitude, highlighting the importance of protecting and managing soil carbon and peat. Carbon loss and potential emissions reduction is highest in the areas of deep peat, which supports the use of deep peat as a legislative metric. Divergence in patterns across sub-regions and through time further emphasizes the importance of proxy choice and highlights the need to carefully consider the objectives of the application to which the measure of carbon will be applied.
Keyword Carbon
Climate change
Emissions reduction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID CE110001014
Institutional Status UQ

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