The Network’s scope includes:

  • Estimating potential soil carbon sequestration across spatial and temporal scales, and developing reliable and low-cost monitoring and verification methods
  • Understanding trade-offs and synergies with non-CO2 GHG emissions, as well as costs and barriers to adoption
  • Understanding the co-benefits of soil carbon sequestration for soil health and agricultural production
  • Producing best practice guidance on monitoring soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks over space and time.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods for estimating changes in soil carbon stocks, including monitoring, reporting and verification issues
  • Assessment across agricultural systems of changes in the soil carbon baseline
  • Generic methods for assessing soil carbon sequestration potential for contrasted agricultural practices
  • Assessment of co-benefits for yields, water cycling and climate change adaptation of soil restoration and assessment of impacts on non-CO2 GHG emissions.

Collaborative Partners

The Network has a number of collaborative partners and projects underway with international organisations, including:


For more information on the Soil Carbon Sequestration Network, please contact Coordinators: Jean-François Soussana ([email protected]) and Pete Smith ([email protected])





  • Sándor, R., Ehrhardt, F., Grace, P., Recous, S., Smith, P., Snow, V., Soussana, J., Basso, B., Bhatia, A., Brilli, L., Doltra, J., Dorich, C.D., Doro, L., Fitton, N., Grant, B., Tom, M., Kirschbaum, M.U.F., Klumpp, K., Laville, P., Léonard, J., Martin, R., Massad, R., Moore, A., Myrgiotis, V., Pattey, E., Rolinski, S., Sharp, J., Skiba, U., Smith, W., Wu, L., Zhang, Q., Bellocchi, G., 2020. Field Crops Research Ensemble modelling of carbon fluxes in grasslands and croplands. F. Crop. Res. 252, 107791.
  • Smith, P., Adams, J., Beerling, D.J., Beringer, T., Calvin, K. V., Fuss, S., Griscom, B., Hagemann, N., Kammann, C., Kraxner, F., Minx, J.C., Popp, A., Renforth, P., Vicente Vicente, J.L., Keesstra, S., 2019a. Land-Management Options for Greenhouse Gas Removal and Their Impacts on Ecosystem Services and the Sustainable Development Goals. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 44, 255–286.
  • Smith, P., Calvin, K., Nkem, J., Campbell, D., Cherubini, F., Grassi, G., Korotkov, V., Le Hoang, A., Lwasa, S., McElwee, P., Nkonya, E., Saigusa, N., Soussana, J., Taboada, M.A., Manning, F., Nampanzira, D., Arias‐Navarro, C., Vizzarri, M., House, J., Roe, S., Cowie, A., Rounsevell, M., Arneth, A., 2019b. Which practices co‐deliver food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and combat land‐degradation and desertification? Glob. Chang. Biol. 1–44.
  • Smith, P., Soussana, J., Angers, D., Schipper, L., Chenu, C., Rasse, D.P., Batjes, N.H., Egmond, F., McNeill, S., Kuhnert, M., Arias‐Navarro, C., Olesen, J.E., Chirinda, N., Fornara, D., Wollenberg, E., Álvaro‐Fuentes, J., Sanz‐Cobena, A., Klumpp, K., 2019c. How to measure, report and verify soil carbon change to realize the potential of soil carbon sequestration for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal. Glob. Chang. Biol. 1–23.