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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, vol. 13, pp. 6-15, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.007.

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Title Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon
Author(s) Law, Elizabeth A.
Bryan, Brett A.
Torabi, Nooshin
Bekessy, Sarah A.
McAlpine, Clive A.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Journal name Ecosystem services
Volume number 13
Start page 6
End page 15
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 2212-0416
Keyword(s) carbon
emissions reduction
REDD+
peat
climate change
proxy
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.007
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102064

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