Ecosystem Services and Carbon Sequestration in the Biosphere

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rattan Lal, Klaus Lorenz, Reinhard F. Hüttl, Bernd Uwe Schneider, Joachim von Braun
    Pages 1-10
  3. Rattan Lal
    Pages 11-38
  4. Klaus Lorenz
    Pages 39-62
  5. Keith Goulding, David Powlson, Andy Whitmore, Andy Macdonald
    Pages 63-78
  6. Karl-Heinz Feger, Daniel Hawtree
    Pages 79-99
  7. Robert Jandl, Silvio Schüler, Andreas Schindlbacher, Christian Tomiczek
    Pages 101-130
  8. Gerlinde B. De Deyn
    Pages 131-153
  9. Willis A. Oluoch-Kosura, Anne W. Muriuki, Florence M. Olubayo, Dora Kilalo
    Pages 209-220
  10. Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb, Simone Gingrich, Thomas Kastner, Fridolin Krausmann
    Pages 313-331
  11. Zhanguo Bai, David Dent, Yunjin Wu, Rogier de Jong
    Pages 357-381
  12. Ajay Singh, Robyn Wilson, Jeremy Bruskotter, Jeremy Brooks, Adam Zwickle, Eric Toman
    Pages 383-405
  13. Thomas Gaiser, Karl Stahr
    Pages 407-418
  14. Mingsheng Fan, Jian Cao, Wenliang Wei, Fusuo Zhang, Yansen Su
    Pages 419-429
  15. Rattan Lal, Klaus Lorenz, Reinhard F. Hüttl, Bernd Uwe Schneider, Joachim von Braun
    Pages 431-455
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 457-464

About this book


This book describes comprehensively potential, co-benefits and drawbacks of carbon (C) sequestration for ecosystem services. Soil generates numerous ecosystem services for human wellbeing and ecological functions. The services discussed include provisional (feed, food, timber, biofuel), regulating (carbon sequestration, pests, diseases), cultural, and supporting (soil formation, nutrient cycling) services. 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 with possible feedback on soil-based ecosystem services. Land use and soil management can degrade soil quality, and either reduce quantity and quality of ecosystem services or lead to disservices and create large ecological footprint. Thus, trade-offs between carbon sequestration and ecosystem services must be considered when incentivizing land managers through payments for ecosystem services. Together with sustainable management of land-based C sinks for climate change adaptation and mitigation this will minimize the risks of recarbonization of the biosphere for ecological functions and human wellbeing.


Biosphere Carbon Sequestration Climate Change Ecosystem Food Security

Editors and affiliations

  • Rattan Lal
    • 1
  • Klaus Lorenz
    • 2
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
    • 3
  • Bernd Uwe Schneider
    • 4
  • Joachim von Braun
    • 5
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2., Global Soil ForumIASS Inst. for Adv. Sust. StudiesPotsdamGermany
  3. 3., Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZHelmholtz-Zentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  4. 4., Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZHelmholtz-Zentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  5. 5.Universität BonnBonnGermany

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