A global, empirical, harmonised dataset of soil organic carbon changes under perennial crops

Alicia Ledo, Jon Hillier, Pete Smith, Eduardo Aguilera , Sergey Blagodatskiy, Francis Q. Brearley, Ashim Datta, Eugenio Diaz Pines, Axel Don , Marta Dondini, Jennifer Dunn, Diana Feliciano, Mark A. Leibeg, Rong Lang , Mireia Llorente, Yuri Lopez Zinn, Niall McNamara, Stephen Ogle, Zhangcai Qin, Pere RoviraRebecca Rowe, Jose Luis Vicente-Vicente, Jeanette Whitaker, Quian Yue , Ayalsew Zerihun

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A global, unified dataset on Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) changes under perennial crops has not existed till now. We present a global, harmonised database on SOC change resulting from perennial crop cultivation. It contains information about 1605 paired-comparison empirical values (some of which are aggregated data) from 180 different peer-reviewed studies, 709 sites, on 58 different perennial
crop types, from 32 countries in temperate, tropical and boreal areas; including species used for food, bioenergy and bio-products. The database also contains information on climate, soil characteristics, management and topography. This is the first such global compilation and will act as a baseline for SOC
changes in perennial crops. It will be key to supporting global modelling of land use and carbon cycle
feedbacks, and supporting agricultural policy development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Data
Early online date13 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2019


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