A systematic review of soil carbon management in Australia and the need for a social-ecological systems framework

Amin, Md Nurul; Hossain, Md Sarwar; Lobry de Bruyn, Lisa; Wilson, Brian (2019). A systematic review of soil carbon management in Australia and the need for a social-ecological systems framework. Science of the total environment, 719, p. 135182. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135182

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Research efforts, on soil carbon management in agricultural lands, over the last two decades have sought to improve our understanding in order to increase soil productivity, soil carbon sequestration and to offset greenhouse gas emissions. This systematic review aims to identify the research gaps and future direction of soil carbon management in Australia. We explored and synthesized the use of social-ecological systems (SES) both in the global and Australian context, before making the first attempt to develop a conceptual SES framework for soil carbon management. Both quantitative and qualitative assessment of articles were used to identify and synthesise research trends, challenges and opportunities for improved soil carbon management. The results provide valuable insight into the SES components examined, the research gaps and the methodological challenges for research into soil carbon management conducted over the last two decades. The review revealed that research has predominately focused on the ecological component of soil carbon management in agricultural practices and has been conducted from a scientist’s perspective. The sustainability of carbon-building soil management practices will require integration of social components into future research, particularly from a farmer perspective. The proposed conceptual SES framework is designed to identify and investigate SES components in soil carbon management in order to increase the process of offsetting greenhouse gas emissions as required by Sustainable Development Goals 2, 13 and 15.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM)

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Sohel, Sarwar


900 History > 910 Geography & travel






[UNSPECIFIED] University of New England International Post Graduate Award (UNEIPRA) for the funding of this research ; [UNSPECIFIED] Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 796994 under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme




MD Sarwar Hossain Sohel

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23 Dec 2019 10:25

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23 Nov 2021 00:25

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