Influence of Soil and Climate Conditions on CO Emissions from Agricultural Soils

Carbonell-Bojollo, Rosa; Repullo-Ruibérriz de Torres, Miguel; Rodríguez-Lizana, Antonio; Ordóñez-Fernández, Rafaela
July 2012
Water, Air & Soil Pollution;Jul2012, Vol. 223 Issue 6, p3425
Academic Journal
Many of the environmental problems related to agriculture will still be serious over the next 30 years. However, the seriousness of some of those problems may increase more slowly than in the past or even diminish in other cases (FAO ). Agriculture plays two different roles in climate change; on one hand, it suffers from the impact of climate change, on the other hand, it is responsible for 14 % of total greenhouse gases (MMA ). Nevertheless, agriculture is also part of the solution, as it is capable of mitigating a significant amount of global emissions, according to the FAO (). This paper aims to study the influence of edapho-climate conditions on soil CO emissions into the atmosphere. In order to do so, we conducted three field trials in different areas in southern Spain, which have different soil textures and different climate conditions. The results show how interaction between the temperature and rainfall recorded has a greater influence on emissions than each of the factors separately. However, at the same time, the texture of the soil at each of the locations was also found to be the most dominant variable in the gas emission process.


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