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Measuring soil CO2 emissions with air

Jun 17, 2023

Nature Reviews Earth & Environment volume 4, page 429 (2023)Cite this article

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Plant roots and soil microorganisms emit nine times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than anthropogenic emissions annually. Therefore, accurate and frequent measurements of CO2 emissions from soil are essential for characterizing carbon emissions and understanding carbon sequestration in soil. CO2 concentrations can be continuously measured with automated chambers connected to an infrared gas analyser (IRGA) or laser spectroscopy instruments. However, these instruments are expensive, labour-intensive and cumbersome to transport.

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Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA, USA

Yulissa T. Perez Rojas

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Perez Rojas, Y.T. Measuring soil CO2 emissions with air-quality sensors. Nat Rev Earth Environ 4, 429 (2023).

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Published: 19 May 2023

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