The Greenhouse Gas Balance of Italy

An Insight on Managed and Natural Terrestrial Ecosystems

  • Riccardo Valentini
  • Franco Miglietta

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Science book sub series (ENVSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Vincenza Chiriacò, Riccardo Valentini
      Pages 3-10
    3. Dario Papale, Mirco Migliavacca, Edoardo Cremonese, Alessandro Cescatti, Giorgio Alberti, Manuela Balzarolo et al.
      Pages 11-45
    4. Rita Baraldi, Francesca Rapparini, Osvaldo Facini, Claudia Justina Kemper Pacheco, Giorgio Matteucci, Enzo Brancaleoni et al.
      Pages 47-57
  3. Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Anna Barbati, Piermaria Corona
      Pages 61-70
    3. Angelo Nolè, Alessio Collalti, Marco Borghetti, Marta Chiesi, Gherardo Chirici, Federico Magnani et al.
      Pages 71-85
    4. Valentina Bacciu, Donatella Spano, Michele Salis
      Pages 87-102
    5. Marco Marchetti, Gherardo Chirici, Bruno Lasserre
      Pages 103-115
  4. Croplands, Grasslands and Natural Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Tommaso Chiti, Costantino Sirca, Mirco Rodeghiero, Donatella Spano, Riccardo Valentini
      Pages 119-133
    3. Simona Castaldi, Giorgio Alberti, Teresa Bertolini, Annachiara Forte, Franco Miglietta, Riccardo Valentini et al.
      Pages 135-144
    4. Emanuele Lugato, Agata Novara, Damiano Gianelle, Loris Vescovo, Alessandro Peressotti
      Pages 145-156
  5. Regional Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Damiano Gianelle, Luciano Gristina, Andrea Pitacco, Donatella Spano, Tommaso La Mantia, Serena Marras et al.
      Pages 159-171
    3. Juliane Rühl, Luciano Gristina, Tommaso La Mantia, Agata Novara, Salvatore Pasta
      Pages 173-184
    4. Giorgio Alberti, Gemini Delle Vedove, Silvia Stefanelli, Giuseppe Vanone
      Pages 185-193
    5. Salvatore Pasta, Tommaso La Mantia, Serena Marras, Costantino Sirca, Donatella Spano, Riccardo Valentini
      Pages 195-211

About this book


The book addresses in a comprehensive way the full greenhouse gases budget of the Italian landscape, focusing on land use and terrestrial ecosystems. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the role of terrestrial ecosystems with regard to the carbon cycle and only recently a regional approach has been considered for its specificity in terms of new methodologies for observations and models and its relevance for national policies on mitigation and adaptation to climate changes. In terms of methods this book describes the role of  flux networks and data-driven models, airborne regional measurements of fluxes and specific sectoral approaches related to important components of the human and natural landscapes. There is also a growing need on the part of institutions, agencies and policy stakeholders for new data and analyses enabling them to improve their national inventories of greenhouse gases and their compliance  with the UNFCCC process. In this respect the data presented is a basis for a full carbon accounting and available to relevant stakeholders for improvements and/or verification of national inventories. The wealth of research information is the result of a national project, CARBOITALY, which involved 15 Italian institutions and several researchers to provide new data and analyses in the framework of climate policies


Carbon Cycle Climate Change Climate Policies Terrestrial Ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Valentini
    • 1
  • Franco Miglietta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department for Innovation in Biological,Agro-Food and Forest System (DIBAF), Impacts on Agriculture, Forest and Natural Ecosystem Division (IAFENT), Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Changes (CMCC)University of TusciaViterboItaly
  2. 2.FoxLab Institute of BiometeorologyNational Research Council of Italy (CNR) and Edmund Mach FoundationSan Michele all'AdigeItaly

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