Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation model

Quijas, Sandra; Boit, Alice; Thonicke, Kirsten; Murray-Tortarolo, Guillermo; Mwampamba, Tuyeni; Skutsch, Margaret; Simoes, Margareth; Ascarrunz, Nataly; Peña-Claros, Marielos; Jones, Laurence; Arets, Eric; Jaramillo, Víctor J.; Lazos, Elena; Toledo, Marisol; Martorano, Lucieta G.; Ferraz, Rodrigo; Balvanera, Patricia. 2019 Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation model. Ecosystems and People, 15 (1). 42-60.

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Ecosystem service (ES) models can only inform policy design adequately if they incorporate ecological processes. We used the Lund-Potsdam-Jena managed Land (LPJmL) model, to address following questions for Mexico, Bolivia and Brazilian Amazon: (i) How different are C stocks and C sequestration quantifications under standard (when soil and litter C and heterotrophic respiration are not considered) and comprehensive (including all C stock and heterotrophic respiration) approach? and (ii) How does the valuation of C stock and C sequestration differ in national payments for ES and global C funds or markets when comparing both approach? We found that up to 65% of C stocks have not been taken into account by neglecting to include C stored in soil and litter, resulting in gross underpayments (up to 500 times lower). Since emissions from heterotrophic respiration of organic material offset a large proportion of C gained through growth of living matter, we found that markets and decision-makers are inadvertently overestimating up to 100 times C sequestrated. New approaches for modelling C services relevant ecological process-based can help accounting for C in soil, litter and heterotrophic respiration and become important for the operationalization of agreements on climate change mitigation following the COP21 in 2015.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2639-5916
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Additional Keywords: carbon soil, carbon litter, heterotrophic respiration, payment for ecosystem services, global carbon markets, dynamic global vegetation model, decisionmakers
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 06 Mar 2019 11:52 +0 (UTC)

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