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https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2021-21
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2021-21

  02 Aug 2021

02 Aug 2021

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Towards agricultural soil carbon monitoring, reporting and verification through Field Observatory Network (FiON)

Olli Nevalainen1, Olli Niemitalo2, Istem Fer1, Antti Juntunen2, Tuomas Mattila3, Olli Koskela2, Joni Kukkamäki2, Layla Höckerstedt1, Laura Mäkelä4, Pieta Jarva4, Laura Heimsch1, Henriikka Vekuri1, Liisa Kulmala1,5, Åsa Stam1, Otto Kuusela1,6,7, Stephanie Gerin1, Toni Viskari1, Julius Vira1, Jari Hyväluoma2, Juha-Pekka Tuovinen1, Annalea Lohila1,6, Tuomas Laurila1, Jussi Heinonsalo5, Tuula Aalto1, Iivari Kunttu2, and Jari Liski1 Olli Nevalainen et al.
  • 1Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI
  • 2Häme University of Applied Sciences, HAMK
  • 3Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE
  • 4Baltic Sea Action Group, BSAG
  • 5University of Helsinki, Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR), forest sciences
  • 6University of Helsinki, Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR), physics
  • 7University of Amsterdam, Computational Science

Abstract. Better monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of the amount, additionality and persistence of the sequestered soil carbon is needed to understand the best carbon farming practices for different soils and climate conditions, as well as their actual climate benefits or cost-efficiency in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This paper presents our Field Observatory Network (FiON) of researchers, farmers, companies and other stakeholders developing carbon farming practices. FiON has established a unified methodology towards monitoring and forecasting agricultural carbon sequestration by combining offline and near real-time field measurements, weather data, satellite imagery, modeling and computing networks. FiON’s first phase consists of two intensive research sites and 20 voluntary pilot farms testing carbon farming practices in Finland. To disseminate the data, FiON built a web-based dashboard called Field Observatory (v1.0, fieldobservatory.org). Field Observatory is designed as an online service for near real-time model-data synthesis, forecasting and decision support for the farmers who are able to monitor the effects of carbon farming practices. The most advanced features of the Field Observatory are visible on the Qvidja site which acts as a prototype for the most recent implementations. Overall, FiON aims to create new knowledge on agricultural soil carbon sequestration and effects of carbon farming practices, and provide an MRV tool for decision-support.

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  • RC1: 'Comment on gi-2021-21', Anonymous Referee #1, 14 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on gi-2021-21', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Oct 2021
  • AC1: 'Reply to referees RC1 and RC2', Olli Nevalainen, 03 Dec 2021

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Better monitoring of sequestered soil carbon in different soils and climate conditions due to carbon farming practices is needed. For this, we, Field Observatory Network (FiON), have established a methodology towards monitoring and forecasting agricultural carbon sequestration by combining offline and near real-time field measurements, weather data, satellite imagery and modeling. To disseminate our work, we have built a web-based dashboard called Field Observatory (fieldobservatory.org).