Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 3113–3137, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 3113–3137, 2020

Review article 03 Dec 2020

Review article | 03 Dec 2020

Drainage of organic soils and GHG emissions: validation with country data

Giulia Conchedda and Francesco N. Tubiello


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Short summary
This paper describes the FAO methodology used to globally assess areas of drained organic soils and peatlands due to agriculture over the period 1990–2019. We overlay geospatial information of soil type, land cover, agro-climatic zones, livestock distribution and IPCC coefficients, then aggregate it at national level for over 200 countries and territories. Results are compared to inventory data reported to UNFCCC, showing good agreement between the FAO estimates and country data.