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Global warming potential and abatement costs of different peatland management options: A case study for the Pre-alpine Hill and Moorland in Germany


  • Krimly, Tatjana
  • Angenendt, Elisabeth
  • Bahrs, Enno
  • Dabbert, Stephan


Natural peatlands are the world's most area-effective carbon sinks. However, over 90% of German, 40% of European and 10–20% of global peatlands have been degraded and converted into carbon sources, primarily because of agricultural drainage. Against this background, rewetting and more sensible uses of peat soils for agriculture are internationally recognized as effective potential options to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This paper presents estimates of the GHG mitigation potential and abatement costs of different peatland management options by using the example of farm models that represent typical farm types in an intensive grassland-use peatland region in southern Germany. Therefore, an optimization model at the farm level that includes the emissions from all relevant sources in the production process is used.

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  • Krimly, Tatjana & Angenendt, Elisabeth & Bahrs, Enno & Dabbert, Stephan, 2016. "Global warming potential and abatement costs of different peatland management options: A case study for the Pre-alpine Hill and Moorland in Germany," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:145:y:2016:i:c:p:1-12
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.02.009

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