An interdisciplinary approach to mapping soil carbon

Project description: 

This project is a contribution to ongoing efforts to improve on-farm soil carbon management. It does so through the development of mapping practices that incorporate both ecological and social data. The mapping methods were developed around three case study farms in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. The research offers a mapping technique to improve the management of soil carbon at the farm scale, and has wider implications for the management of ecological systems.

Organisations involved: 

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Scale of project: 
Local
Location: 
Three extensive livestock farms in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Total area covered by project: 
30 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

UKNEA

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

Cultural
  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Recreation/tourism
Provisioning
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
Regulating
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Mountains, moors and heaths
Woodland
Contact name: 
Beth Brockett
Organisation: 
Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University
Address: 
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
Phone: 
07525 854380
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