A Roadmap for Soil Organic Carbon Measurement and Verification

Regenerative land management practices that build soil health transform agriculture from a global greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter to a global carbon sink and contribute to climate resilience. Rapid deployment of reliable and low-cost soil organic carbon (SOC) monitoring and verification (M&V) solutions, along with careful attention to the equitable design of carbon markets, will accelerate adoption of regenerative practices at scale.

Pecan Street’s Digital Dirt program spent a year systematically seeking out the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners in soil science, big data, land management, carbon and ecosystem service markets, and social justice. This R&D roadmap summarizes key learnings and includes specific recommendations made by an interdisciplinary, multi-institution AI for Soil Carbon Monitoring and Verification Working Group.

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