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Global Warming Potential Study for Greenhouse gas Reduction through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement network in Mandan, North Dakota

Global Warming Potential Study for Greenhouse gas Reduction through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement network in Mandan, North Dakota
No long-term evaluation of net global warming potential (GWP) for grassland ecosystems in the northern Great Plains (NGP) of North America has been reported. Given this need, we sought to determine net GWP for three grazing management systems located within the NGP. Grazing management systems included two native vegetation pastures (moderately grazed pasture [MGP], heavily grazed pasture [HGP]) and a heavily grazed crested wheatgrass [Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex. Link) Schult.] pasture (CWP) near Mandan, ND. Factors evaluated for their contribution to GWP included (i) CO2 emissions associated with N fertilizer production and application, (ii) literature-derived estimates of CH4 production for enteric fermentation, (iii) change in soil organic carbon (SOC) over 44 yr using archived soil samples, and (iv) soil–atmosphere N2O and CH4 fl uxes over 3 yr using static chamber methodology. Analysis of SOC indicated all pastures to be significant sinks for SOC, with sequestration rates ranging from 0.39 to 0.46 Mg C ha−1 yr−1. All pastures were minor sinks for CH4 (<2.0 kg CH4–C ha−1 yr−1). Greater N inputs within CWP contributed to annual N2O emission nearly threefold greater than HGP and MGP. Due to diff erences in stocking rate, CH4 production from enteric fermentation was nearly threefold less in MGP than CWP and HGP. When factors contributing to net GWP were summed, HGP and MGP were found to serve as net CO2equiv. sinks, while CWP was a net CO2equiv. source. Values for GWP and GHG intensity, however, indicated net reductions in GHG emissions can be most eff ectively achieved through moderate stocking rates on native vegetation in the NGP.

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POLYGON ((-100.922073 46.771346, -100.906651 46.771346, -100.906651 46.763481, -100.922073 46.763481))
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
Temporal Coverage
October 1, 2003 to October 1, 2006
Contact Name
Liebig, Mark
Contact Email
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Program Code
005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
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Harvest Source URIhttps://geodata.nal.usda.gov/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw
Last Harvest PerformedThu, 04/22/2021 - 01:01