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Author(s):James, I. T.; Bartlett, M. D.
Author Affiliation:Cranfield Centre for Sports Surfaces, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Title:Environmental costs of a football pitch construction and maintenance: Soil carbon balances
Section:Volunteer presentations
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Meeting Info.:19-20 May 2008: Pisa Italy
Source:1st European Turfgrass Society Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1, May 2008, p. 101-102.
Publishing Information:Pisa, Italy: European Turfgrass Society
# of Pages:2
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Soccer fields; Sports turf construction; Sports turf maintenance; Carbon; Carbon cycle; Models; Soils
Abstract/Contents:States that "the effects of elevated levels of atmostpheric CO2 [carbon dioxide] are widely debated and the potential influence of soil C [carbon] on the system has been...highlighted...The scale of soil disturbances in football pitch construction is considerable. Approximately 5250 t [tons] of soil are moved in a typical sand based rootzone construction of a single pitch and this is likely to release large amounts of bound soil C." Presents a study conducted to "conceptually investigate the soil C dynamics of football pitch construction and maintenance over a number of years post construction...The model of soil C was based on a balance of sources and sinks in the sports turf soil system. Soil C was calculated cumulatively for 15 years post installation." Reports that "each of the different model scenarios produced considerably different results." Concludes that "analysis indicates that, under best case scenarios, a football pitch could become a sink for atmospheric CO2 within the first year post construction. Under the worst case scenarios it would never reach a point of carbon neutrality."
See Also:Other items relating to: Carbon sequestration of turf
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
James, I. T., and M. D. Bartlett. 2008. Environmental costs of a football pitch construction and maintenance: Soil carbon balances. Eur. Turfgrass Soc. Conf. Proc. 1:p. 101-102.
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