Type: Book

Understanding and fostering soil carbon sequestration


Dr Cornelia Rumpel is Director of Research in the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the French National Research Center (CNRS), where she leads a team investigating the fate of organic matter in natural and managed terrestrial ecosystems, including the mechanisms determining soil organic carbon sequestration. Her work deals with temperate and tropical environments and has contributed to the change of several paradigms in this important area.



Publication date:

25 October 2022

Length of book:

600 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786769695

Hardback - £175.00
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Soils are known to be an enormous reservoir of carbon and represent an important and dynamic part of the global carbon cycle. However, this reservoir is under constant threat due to a combination of issues, including mismanagement, climate change and intensive agricultural production which has led to depletion of soil organic carbon.

Understanding and fostering soil carbon sequestration reviews the wealth of research on important aspects of soil carbon sequestration, including its potential in mitigating and adapting to climate change and improving global food security. The collection explores our understanding of carbon sequestration in soils, detailing the mechanisms and abiotic factors that can affect the process, as well as the socioeconomic, legal and policy issues that can arise as a result of this use.

Key features

  • Highlights the increasing role of soils as an important and dynamic part of the global carbon cycle and their potential role in counteracting increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations
  • Explores key aspects of soil carbon sequestration in different environments and soil types
  • Provides a comprehensive review of socioeconomic, legal and policy issues surrounding the adoption of soil carbon sequestration practices across the globe

What others are saying...

"This is a timely and important summary of the ‘state-of-the-art’ understanding of soil carbon cycling led by an eminent editor with contributions from globally-respected leaders in the scientific fields of soil carbon, chemistry, biology and physics, monitoring and mapping across natural and managed rural and urban global ecosystems. It promises to provide a ‘go to’ contemporary reference for stakeholders who need scientific evidence to support decision-making about soil management."
Professor Jennifer Dungait, University of Exeter & Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK; Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Soil Science and previous Chair of the international Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM2017)

"Soils contain one of planet Earth's largest reservoirs of carbon. With a changing climate, it has never been more important to maintain and enhance the sequestration of soil carbon. This comprehensive book covers a range of topics on carbon sequestration including mechanisms, measurements, modeling, management and policy strategies. The book will be an invaluable resource for scientists, students, and policymakers. I highly recommend it."
Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, USA

Table of contents

1.Introduction: Cornelia Rumpel, CNRS, France;

Part 1 Understanding carbon sequestration in soils
2.Mechanisms of soil organic carbon sequestration: Ingrid Kӧgel-Knabner, Technical University of Munich, Germany;
3.Factors affecting soil organic carbon dynamics: Xiaojuan Feng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;
4.The role of biodiversity and soil biological activity on organic carbon sequestration: Patrick Lavelle, IRD, France;
5.Effects of abiotic factors affecting processes of soil organic carbon sequestration at different scales: Sebastian Doetterl, ETH, Switzerland;
6.Co-benefits and trade-offs in soil organic carbon sequestration: Cornelia Rumpel, CNRS, France;
7.The role of inorganic soil carbon in soil carbon sequestration: Yakov Kuzyakov, University of Gӧttingen, Germany;
8.Soil organic carbon sequestration and climate change: Muhammad Sanaullah, University of Faisalabad, Pakistan;
9.Transformation of organic wastes into soil amendments to foster soil organic carbon sequestration: Marcela Calabi-Floody, Center of Plant, Soil Interaction and Natural Resources Biotechnology, Scientific and Biotechnological Bioresource Nucleus (BIOREN-UFRO), Universidad de La Frontera, Chile;

Part 2 Measuring carbon sequestration in soils
10.Introduction: key issues in measuring carbon sequestration in soils: Matthias Kuhnert, University of Aberdeen, UK;
11.Advances in measuring soil organic carbon stocks and dynamics at the profile scale: Christopher Poeplau, Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany; and Edward Gregorich, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;
12.Advances in soil mapping to assess levels of carbon sequestration at landscape scales: Budiman Minasny, University of Sydney, Australia;
13.Advances in modelling soil organic carbon dynamics: Carlos Sierra, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany;
14.Digital tools for assessing soil organic carbon at farm and regional scale: Matt Aitkenhead, James Hutton Institute, UK;

Part 3 Fostering carbon sequestration in soils
15.Promoting carbon sequestration in soils: the importance of soil, region and context-specific interventions: Rattan Lal, Ohio State University, USA;
16.Agriculture practices to improve soil carbon sequestration in upland soil: Thomas Kätterer and Martin A. Bolinder, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden;
17.Agriculture practices to improve soil carbon sequestration in submerged soil: Pil Joo Kim, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea;
18.Managing grasslands to optimise soil carbon sequestration: Abad Chabbi, INRAE, France;
19.Managing forest soils to optimise carbon sequestration: Robert Jandl, OAW, Austria;
20.The contribution of agroforestry systems to improving soil carbon sequestration: Lydie Stella Koutika, CRDPI, Republic of Congo;
21.Management of organic soil to reduce soil organic carbon loss: Jens Leifeld, Agroscope, Switzerland;
22.Management of tropical soils: Deborah Dick, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil;
23.Management of carbonate rich soils: Inigo Virto, Public University of Navarre, Spain;
24.Management of soil organic and inorganic carbon storage in urban areas and technosols: Cornelia Rumpel, CNRS, France;

Part 4 Socioeconomic, legal and policy issues
25.Soil organic carbon on the political agenda: Luca Montanarella, European Soil Data Centre – EU JRC, Belgium;
26.Creating frameworks to foster soil carbon sequestration: Beverley Henry, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Ram Dalal, The University of Queensland, Australia; Matthew Tom Harrison, University of Tasmania, Australia; and Brian Keating, The University of Queensland, Australia;
27.Developing carbon farming schemes: Sian Mooney, Arizona State University, USA;
28.Improving understanding and adoption of soil carbon sequestration practices amongst farmers: Michelle Wander, University of Illinois, USA;
29.Legal issues of implementing soil organic carbon sequestration as negative emission technology: Alexandra Langlais-Hesse, CNRS-Université de Rennes, France;