© 1996

Evaluation of Soil Organic Matter Models

Using Existing Long-Term Datasets

  • David S. Powlson
  • Pete Smith
  • Jo U. Smith
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Plenary Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David S. Powlson
      Pages 3-11
    3. Edward T. Elliott, Keith Paustian
      Pages 27-36
    4. Keith Paustian, Edward T. Elliott, Eldor A. Paul, Harold P. Collins, C. Vernon Cole, Serita D. Frey
      Pages 37-54
    5. Peter R. Grace
      Pages 55-67
    6. Pete Smith, David Powlson, Margaret Glendining
      Pages 81-97
    7. M. J. Glendining, P. R. Poulton
      Pages 99-109
    8. Jo Smith, Pete Smith, Tom Addiscott
      Pages 181-199
    9. W. M. Post, A. W. King, S. D. Wullschleger
      Pages 201-222
  3. Soil Organic Matter Models

About these proceedings


Soil organic matter (SOM) represents a major pool of carbon within the biosphere, roughly twice than in atmospheric CO2. SOM models embody our best understanding of soil carbon dynamics and are needed to predict how global environmental change will influence soil carbon stocks. These models are also required for evaluating the likely effectiveness of different mitigation options. The first important step towards systematically evaluating the suitability of SOM models for these purposes is to test their simulations against real data. Since changes in SOM occur slowly, long-term datasets are required. This volume brings together leading SOM model developers and experimentalists to test SOM models using long-term datasets from diverse ecosystems, land uses and climatic zones within the temperate region.


Boden Globale Umweltveränderung Klimatologie Modellierung biosphere climatology ecosystem ecosystem research environment environmental change global environmental change modelling organic matter soil Ökosystemforschung

Editors and affiliations

  • David S. Powlson
    • 1
  • Pete Smith
    • 1
  • Jo U. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Soil Science DepartmentIACR-RothamstedHertfordshireUK

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