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Drought effects on soil organic carbon under different agricultural systems

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posted on 2023-11-03, 05:05 authored by Pedro Soares, Matthew HarrisonMatthew Harrison, Zahra Kalantari, Wenwu Zhao, Carla Ferreira
Abstract Drought is a natural hazard occurring with increasing frequency due to climate change. Drought events reduce soil water content and also soil organic carbon (SOC) content, with negative impacts on crop development and food security. This study investigates the impact of drought on SOC dynamics in agricultural systems and the influence of water availability and farm management practices in these impacts. The manuscript is a systematic review, based on Scopus database for scoping the literature on the topic. A total of 283 records were retrieved, but only 16 papers were relevant for the review. The main findings are: 1) water plays a key role in regulating SOC mineralization, necessitating further research on water management to mitigate carbon losses during drought; 2) different agricultural systems can have differing impacts on SOC under drought conditions (e.g., pastures are more resilient than arable systems); and 3) SOC loss generally occurs after a drought event, regardless of farm management regime. Best management practices, such as cover cropping and soil amendment, can minimize SOC losses, but further research is required to optimize these practices in counteracting the effect of drought. A better understanding of the effects of drought on SOC dynamics, and of short-term and long-term ways to mitigate these effects, is important to ensure soil health and crop productivity.


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Environmental Research Communications






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Socio-economic Objectives

190302 Management of greenhouse gas emissions from animal production, 180102 Atmospheric composition (incl. greenhouse gas inventory), 260101 Management of gaseous waste from plant production (excl. greenhouse gases), 190101 Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem), 190102 Ecosystem adaptation to climate change, 190502 Climate variability (excl. social impacts), 190103 Social impacts of climate change and variability

UN Sustainable Development Goals

13 Climate Action, 2 Zero Hunger, 1 No Poverty, 10 Reduced Inequalities, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, 15 Life on Land, 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure