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Elaboration of land use, climate and soil properties based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factors for drainage ditches in grassland, cropland and forest land
Leader: Arta Bārdule
Start date: 1.1.2021
End date: 30.6.2023


European Regional Development Fund project (No.
Operational Programme "Growth and Employment".
Specific Aid Objective 1.1.1 "To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure".
Activity "Post-doctoral Research Aid".

The aim of the study is to elaborate country specific GHG emission factors for drainage ditches in organic soils considering land use, soil properties and climate conditions and remote sensing based methodology for elaboration of accounting and projections of GHG emissions from ditches.

In Latvia and neighboring countries organic soils is major source of GHG emissions; however, the reporting of GHG emissions from organic soils including drainage ditches is still based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2014 default emission factors. Limited knowledge, lack of country specific emission factors and high uncertainty of the GHG estimates is blocking implementation of the climate change mitigation measures and adaptation of management of organic soils to changing climate conditions. The aim of the project will be reached by synthesis of knowledge recently acquired in the Baltic region on GHG fluxes in organic soils and acquisition of field measurement data on GHG fluxes.

The main project actions are:

  1. Literature analysis and development of research framework;
  2. Establishment of study sites and measurement infrastructure;
  3. Measurements of GHG emissions, soil properties and climate conditions;
  4. Data analysis and scientific reporting.

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