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Soil respiration and its role in Russia’s terrestrial C flux balance for the Kyoto baseline year

Author:

Vladimir Stolbovoi

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, AT
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Abstract

This study introduces a transparent, operational model of estimating soil respiration (SR) to meet the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change within a framework of full carbon accounting (Nilsson et al., 2000). By applying this model, we are able to define SR for the Kyoto 1990 baseline year for Russia (3200 Tg C), and establish soil emission thresholds for any spatial units, e.g. vegetation zones and land-use patterns. This model is built upon a fundamental biogeochemical cycle and provides a scientific basis for carbon management. SR comprised about 74% of the photosynthetically assimilated carbon in 1990, with the remainder accounted for in several areas. The carbon flux balance is, therefore, found to be closed for Russia. Our findings suggest that incomplete accounting is the reason for missing carbon globally.

How to Cite: Stolbovoi, V., 2003. Soil respiration and its role in Russia’s terrestrial C flux balance for the Kyoto baseline year. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 55(2), pp.258–269. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v55i2.16701
  Published on 01 Jan 2003
 Accepted on 24 Sep 2002            Submitted on 30 Jan 2002

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