Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
SOIL, 4, 101–122, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-4-101-2018

Special issue: Regional perspectives and challenges of soil organic carbon...

SOIL, 4, 101–122, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-4-101-2018
Review article
15 May 2018
Review article | 15 May 2018

Proximal sensing for soil carbon accounting

Jacqueline R. England and Raphael A. Viscarra Rossel

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Proximal sensing can be used for soil C accounting, but the methods need to be standardized and procedural guidelines developed to ensure proficient measurement and accurate reporting. This is particularly important if there are financial incentives for landholders to adopt practices to sequester C. We review sensing for C accounting and discuss the requirements for the development of new soil C accounting methods based on sensing, including requirements for reporting, auditing and verification.