© 2012

Recarbonization of the Biosphere

Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle

  • Rattan Lal
  • Klaus Lorenz
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
  • Bernd Uwe Schneider
  • Joachim von Braun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Rattan Lal, K. Lorenz, R. F. Hüttl, B. U. Schneider, Joachim von Braun
    Pages 1-15
  3. K. Lorenz, P. J. Crutzen, Rattan Lal, K. Töpfer
    Pages 41-58
  4. Hermann F. Jungkunst, Jan Paul Krüger, Felix Heitkamp, Stefan Erasmi, Sabine Fiedler, Stephan Glatzel et al.
    Pages 127-157
  5. Julia Boike, Moritz Langer, Hugues Lantuit, Sina Muster, Kurt Roth, Torsten Sachs et al.
    Pages 159-185
  6. Rattan Lal, K. Lorenz
    Pages 187-201
  7. Jagtar Bhatti, Rachhpal Jassal, T. Andy Black
    Pages 203-228
  8. Michelle Venter, Oscar Venter, Susan Laurance, Michael Bird
    Pages 229-252
  9. Carlos Clemente Cerri, Martial Bernoux, Brigitte Josefine Feigl, Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri
    Pages 253-273
  10. Klaus Lorenz, Rattan Lal
    Pages 303-346
  11. Penélope Serrano-Ortiz, Enrique P. Sánchez-Cañete, Cecilio Oyonarte
    Pages 347-368
  12. Galina Churkina
    Pages 369-382
  13. Ru Guo, Xiaojing Cao, Jing Zhang, Fengting Li, Hongtao Wang
    Pages 383-394
  14. Felix Heitkamp, Anna Jacobs, Hermann F. Jungkunst, Stefanie Heinze, Matthias Wendland, Yakov Kuzyakov
    Pages 395-428

About this book


This book describes comprehensively carbon (C) cycle process in global ecosystems and the potential and co-benefits of recarbonization of the biosphere. An ever increasing human population is disposing increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere by land use and land cover changes but most importantly by burning of fossil fuels. This process severely perturbs the natural global C cycles and Earth system processes. Recarbonization of the biosphere is a potential strategy to redistribute C among global pools, and to enhance ocean but most importantly land-based C sinks. Sustainably managed and protected must be, in particular, the large and sensitive C stocks in permafrost, wetlands, peatlands, tropical rainforests and savannas, grasslands, degraded/desertified lands, and croplands. Recarbonization requires long-term management because C stocks grow with a progressive improvement in ecosystem health. Protecting and enhancing land-based C sinks serves food security aside contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Carbon Sequestration Earth-Human System Ecosystem services Land-based carbon sinks Recarbonization

Editors and affiliations

  • Rattan Lal
    • 1
  • Klaus Lorenz
    • 2
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
    • 3
  • Bernd Uwe Schneider
    • 4
  • Joachim von Braun
    • 5
  1. 1.OARDC, Carbon Management &Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2., Global Contract for SustainabilityIASS Inst. for Adv. Sust. StudiesPotsdamGermany
  3. 3., Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZHelmholtz-Zentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  4. 4., Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZHelmholtz-Zentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  5. 5.BonnGermany

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