Division of Food Production and Society

Carbon storage in long- and short-term grasslands

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Active Last updated: 04.09.2018
End: apr 2021
Start: may 2017

The project aims to assess how to combine grassland productivity and C sequestration in Norwegian forage production.

Prosjektet er finansiert av:

Forskningsmidlene for jordbruk- og matindustri

Vi takker for tilleggsfinansiering fra:



Felleskjøpet Agri

Felleskjøpet Rogaland Agder


FLMA i Rogaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland og Møre og Romsdal

Start - end date 01.05.2017 - 30.04.2021
Project manager Ievina Sturite
Division Division of Food Production and Society
Department Grassland and Livestock
Funding source Forskningsmidlene for jordbruk og Matindustri

The most central research tasks are:

  • to measure C content up to 60-70 cm depth in long- and short-term grasslands under contrasting climate, soil and management conditions;
  • to describe C distribution in soil profile also with help of hyperspectral images;
  • to estimate C storage in main forage production regions of Norway;
  • to integrate historical and new data by modelling, and to predict C sequestration under future climatic condition;
  • to investigate the role of earthworms and fungi in the distribution and storage of carbon in grassland soils with differing management history
  • to calculate the economic value of maintaining C in grassland.
  • Disseminate the findings to agricultural authorities, farmers and other stakeholders

The project will collaborate with the project ‘’Longtermgrass’’ that focus on forage quantity and quality and based on the existing long-term grassland experiments. These experiments represent silty and peat soils that are representative for coastal temperate and arctic areas of Norway. The project uses an integrated approach, combining experimental work, hyperspectral imaging, GIS and model-based methods.

WP2 Carbon accumulation and distribution in soil profile