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Sequestration of carbon in soil organic matter in Senegal: an overview

November 1, 2004

Sequestration of Carbon in Soil Organic Matter (SOCSOM) in Senegal is a multi-disciplinary development project planned and refined through two international workshops. The project was implemented by integrating a core of international experts in remote sensing, biogeochemical modeling, community socio-economic assessments, and carbon measurements in a fully collaborative manner with Senegal organizations, national scientists, and local knowledge and expertise. The study addresses the potential role developing countries in semi-arid areas can play in climate mitigation activities. Multiple benefits to smallholders could accrue as a result of management practices to re-establish soil carbon content lost because of land use changes or management practices that are not sustainable. The specific importance for the Sahel is because of the high vulnerability to climate change in already impoverished rural societies.

The project focuses on four objectives in specific locations across the agroecological zones of Senegal. These objectives are: use of soil sampling and biogeochemical modeling to quantify the biophysical potential for carbon sequestration and to determine the sensitivity of the carbon stocks to various management and climate scenarios, to evaluate the socio-economic and cultural requirements necessary for successful project implementation directed toward an aggregation of smallholders to sequester around 100,000 t carbon (C), to support capacity building to develop a Carbon Specialist Team, and to initiate extrapolation from site-specific project areas to the Sahel region and the national level.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Sequestration of carbon in soil organic matter in Senegal: an overview
DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2004.04.002
Authors Larry L. Tieszen, G. Gray Tappan, A. Toure
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Arid Environments
Index ID 70159369
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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