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.
The Network has a number of collaborative partners and projects underway with international organisations, including:
- The Lima-Paris Action Plan on Soils for Food Security and Climate.
- The Global Soil Partnership supported by FAO.
- The exploration of remote sensing as a potential tool to support the up-scaling (collaboration with GEOGLAM – the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative).