Carbon Management in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Terrestrial Systems

  • Probir K. Ghosh
  • Sanat Kumar Mahanta
  • Debashis Mandal
  • Biswapati Mandal
  • Srinivasan Ramakrishnan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Impact of Land Use Management for Regulating SOC Pools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. K. Hazra, C. P. Nath, P. K. Ghosh, D. K. Swain
      Pages 23-36
    3. Jake Mowrer, Nithya Rajan, Debalin Sarangi, Diana Zapata, Prabhu Govindasamy, Aniruddha Maity et al.
      Pages 71-88
    4. Pratap Bhattacharyya, P. K. Dash, S. R. Padhy, K. S. Roy, S. Neogi, A. K. Nayak
      Pages 89-102
    5. Shrikant Badole, Ashim Datta, A. Krishna Chaitanya, Sham Prasad Majumder, Biswapati Mandal
      Pages 103-121
    6. Anup Das, G. S. Yadav, Jayanta Layek, R. Lal, R. S. Meena, S. Babu et al.
      Pages 123-142
    7. A. R. Sharma, U. K. Behera
      Pages 143-157
    8. Anand Prakash Singh, Satish Kumar Singh, Sumit Rai, Maneesh Kumar
      Pages 159-172
  3. Conservation Agriculture and C Sequestration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Uttam Kumar Mandal, K. L. Sharma, D. Burman, Subhasis Mandal, B. Maji
      Pages 175-199
    3. K. M. Hati, A. K. Biswas, J. Somasundaram, Monoranjan Mohanty, R. K. Singh, N. K. Sinha et al.
      Pages 201-212
    4. K. K. Bandyopadhyay
      Pages 213-229
  4. Soil Physical and Biological Factors Regulating SOC Storage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Arjun Singh, Murugan Kumar, Anil Kumar Saxena
      Pages 249-263
    3. Gouranga Kar, Ashwani Kumar, Sunita Panigrahi, Pravat Ranjan Dixit, Himadri Sahoo
      Pages 265-280
  5. Pastures, Grasslands, Forests and Farming Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Sanat Kumar Mahanta, P. K. Ghosh, Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
      Pages 299-311
    3. S. K. Dhyani, Asha Ram, Ram Newaj, A. K. Handa, Inder Dev
      Pages 313-331
    4. A. N. Ganeshamurthy, D. Kalaivanan, S. Rajendiran
      Pages 333-348
    5. Arvind Kumar Rai, Srinivasan Ramakrishnan, Nirmalendu Basak, Parul Sundha, A. K. Dixit, P. K. Ghosh
      Pages 363-376
  6. Frontier Science Regulating SOC Storage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. D. K. Benbi, Shahida Nisar
      Pages 379-402
    3. Pragati Pramanik, Prasenjit Ray, Aniruddha Maity, Shrila Das, Srinivasan Ramakrishnan, Pooja Dixit
      Pages 403-415
    4. Sangeeta Lenka, Narendra Kumar Lenka, Monoranjan Mohanty, Jayant Kumar Saha, Ashok Kumar Patra
      Pages 417-438

About this book


Soil organic carbon (SOC), a key component of the global carbon (C) pool, plays an important role in C cycling, regulating climate, water supplies and biodiversity, and therefore in providing the ecosystem services that are essential to human well-being. Most agricultural soils in temperate regions have now lost as much as 60% of their SOC, and as much as 75% in tropical regions, due to conversion from natural ecosystems to agricultural uses and mainly due to continuous soil degradation. Sequestering C can help to offset C emissions from fossil fuel combustion and other C-emitting activities, while also enhancing soil quality and long-term agronomic productivity. 

However, developing effective policies for creating terrestrial C sinks is a serious challenge in tropical and subtropical soils, due to the high average annual temperatures in these regions. It can be accomplished by implementing improved land management practices that add substantial amounts of biomass to soil, cause minimal soil disturbance, conserve soil and water, improve soil structure, and enhance soil fauna activity. Continuous no-till crop production is arguably the best example. 

These soils need technically sound and economically feasible strategies to sustainably enhance their SOC pools. Hence, this book provides comprehensive information on SOC and its management in different land-use systems, with a focus on preserving soils and their ecosystem services. The only book of its kind, it offers a valuable asset for students, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders involved in the sustainable development and management of natural resources at the global level. 


Soil organic carbon Carbon sequestration Ecosystem services Land use system Agronomic practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Probir K. Ghosh
    • 1
  • Sanat Kumar Mahanta
    • 2
  • Debashis Mandal
    • 3
  • Biswapati Mandal
    • 4
  • Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
    • 5
  1. 1.Indian Council of Agricultural ResearchNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Plant Animal Relationship DivisionIGFRIJhansiIndia
  3. 3.ICARIndian Institute of Soil and Water ConservationDehradunIndia
  4. 4.Agricultural Chemistry & Soil ScienceBidhan Chandra Krishi ViswavidyalayaMohanpurIndia
  5. 5.Crop Production DivisionIndian Grassland & Fodder Research InstituteJhansiIndia

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