Soil organic carbon sequestration under different fertilizer regimes in north and northeast China: RothC simulation

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Wang, J., Lu, C., Xu, M., Zhu, P., Huang, S., Zhang, W., Peng, C., Chen, X. and Wu, L. 2013. Soil organic carbon sequestration under different fertilizer regimes in north and northeast China: RothC simulation. Soil Use and Management. 29 (2), pp. 182-190.

AuthorsWang, J., Lu, C., Xu, M., Zhu, P., Huang, S., Zhang, W., Peng, C., Chen, X. and Wu, L.
Abstract

Soil organic carbon (SOC) modelling is a useful approach to assess the impact of nutrient management on carbon sequestration. RothC was parameterized and evaluated with two long-term experiments comparing different fertilizer treatments in north (Zhengzhou) and northeast (Gongzhuling) China. Four nutrient application treatments were used: no fertilizer (Control), mineral nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizers (NPK), NPK mineral fertilizer plus manure (NPKM), and NPK mineral fertilizer plus straw return (NPKS). The comparison between simulated and observed data showed that the model can adequately simulate SOC contents in the Control, NPK and NPKM treatments but overestimated in the NPKS treatment at both sites. By changing the value of decomposable plant material:resistant plant material (DPM:RPM) ratio from the default value to 3.35 for the NPKS treatment at the Zhengzhou site, dynamics of simulated SOC agreed with measured values. A pseudo-parameter, straw retention factor was introduced to adjust the amount of straw incorporated into soils. Using the inverse simulation method and the modified value of the ratio, the best-fitted value was 0.24 for the NPKS treatment at the Gongzhuling site. This result indicated that retaining straw on the soil surface makes less contribution to carbon sequestration than if it is incorporated. With this modification for straw, the model produced reasonable predictions for the two sites. The model was run for another 30years with the modified parameter values and current average climatic conditions for different fertilizer treatments at both sites. The results suggested that the NPK application plus the addition of manure or straw would be better management practices for carbon sequestration.

KeywordsSoil Science
Year of Publication2013
JournalSoil Use and Management
Journal citation29 (2), pp. 182-190
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/sum.12032
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderNational Natural Science Foundation of China
National Basic Research Program of China
Beijing Science Foundation
Funder project or codeDelivering Sustainable Systems (SS) [ISPG]
Project: 5740
Output statusPublished
PublisherWiley
Copyright licenseCC BY
Grant ID6102023
41171239
40901141
2011CB100501
ISSN0266-0032

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