There’s a growing interest in the role of carbon cycle of terrestrial ecosystems and its relevance for national policies on mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Carbon sequestration is the process by which atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by trees, grasses, and other plants through photosynthesis and stored as carbon in biomass (trunks, branches, leaves and roots) and soils. The sink of carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems helps to offset sources of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, such as deforestation, forest fires, and fossil fuel emissions. The book The Greenhouse Balance of Italy (among the several authors, CMCC researchers R. Valentini, M.V. Chiriacò, A. Collalti, S. Marras, C. Sirca, D. Spano, V. Bacciu, M. Salis, T. Chiti and S. Castaldi) addresses in a comprehensive way the full greenhouse gases budget of the Italian landscape, focusing on land use and terrestrial ecosystems while providing new data and analyses in the framework of climate policies.
The data presented is a basis for a full carbon accounting and available to relevant stakeholders for improvements and verification of national inventories. There is in fact a growing need on the part of institutions, agencies and policy stakeholders for new data and analyses enabling them to improve their national inventories of greenhouse gases and their compliance with the UNFCCC process.
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Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
R. Valentini and F. Miglietta (eds.) The Greenhouse Gas Balance of Italy ,
Environmental Science and Engineering, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-32424-6