Carbon Action Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration Platform

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The Carbon Action Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration Platform, hailing from Finland, serves as a vibrant community dedicated to gathering and disseminating free data derived from their extensive Carbon Action research initiatives. At the core of this research endeavor lies the STN MULTA research consortium, a driving force behind the Carbon Action investigations.

Coordinated by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, this collaborative research transcends geographical and disciplinary boundaries. Key participants in this expansive network include esteemed institutions such as the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the Finnish Environment Institute, the University of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, the University of Zurich, and the Ruralia Institute. Notably, several companies affiliated with the Carbon Action corporate platform also actively contribute to research projects.

Carbon Action research primarily focuses on exploring the impact of diverse carbon farming practices and land management strategies on the carbon balance, crop yields, and other crucial ecosystem functions. To gain insights into these critical questions, the research team establishes experiments and monitoring arrangements across Carbon Action farms, alongside other agricultural sites.

The hallmark of this research approach is the implementation of tailored carbon farming methods on 1.5-hectare plots within Carbon Action farms. These plots are juxtaposed with neighboring 1.5-hectare plots that serve as business-as-usual references. Importantly, each technique is rigorously tested across multiple farms, recognizing that outcomes are contingent on a multitude of factors, including the farmer's practices, soil characteristics, and geographic location. Notably, the repository highlights the experiences and findings from 20 of these so-called Advanced Carbon Action farms, among the 105 Carbon Action farms in the Field Observatory.

Currently, the repository houses a diverse range of data, including:

  1. Ongoing monitoring data from 20 intensive sites engaged in split-plot carbon farming trials, spanning from 2019 onward.
  2. Continuous records of soil moisture and temperature data gathered from the same 20 intensive sites.
  3. Detailed carbon farming plans and estimated carbon balance figures for 105 farms, spanning the duration of the experiment from 2019 to 2023.