ELUM (Ecosystems and Land Use Modelling) is a multimillion pound project funded by a joint incentive of public and private investment from the Energies Technology Institute (ETI). The main aim of this project is to assess whether land conversion to bio-crops produces a carbon sink or carbon source based on the previous land use regime. Southampton’s contribution to the project includes a data mining exercise to quantify the current state of knowledge concerning GHG balance of energy cropping and identify knowledge gaps. We also have a field site which will allow us to assess the transition from grassland to SRC willow on GHG emissions using static soil chambers and Eddy Covariance equipment.
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