Organic soils

Completed projects

“Representative recording of emissions of climate-relevant gases from peatlands in Baden-Württemberg (EmMo), part 3” funded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  as project sponsor of the State of Baden-Württemberg (funding period: from June 1st 2012 until December 31st 2014)

Organic soils emit 98% of soil-borne, climate-relevant greenhouse gases. To date, however, there is only an insufficient data basis, so that these emissions represent a considerable uncertainty factor within the national greenhouse gas inventory in the context of national climate reporting. The aim of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the knowledge about the composition of greenhouse gas emissions of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Currently, it is not yet possible to reliably quantify the emissions of climate-relevant greenhouse gases from organic soils. In order to be able to reliably estimate the emissions of climate-relevant greenhouse gases from organic soils in the future, the gas fluxes of CO2, N2O and CH4 between pedo- and atmosphere will be investigated by means of stationary and dynamic hood measurements at different sites in the Graben-Neudorf mire area in Baden (district Karlsruhe) within the framework of this project. In addition to the emission measurements, climatic, hydrological and soil chemical parameters will be recorded. We hope to gain a better understanding of the processes determining the gas fluxes between pedo- and atmosphere, as well as the importance of different land uses on the emission of soil-borne greenhouse gases.

Management: Prof. Dr. Sabine Fiedler
Staff: Martin Ebli







Hood measurements of climate-relevant trace gases, Graben-Neudorf (Potos: M. Ebli)