This dataset (map) shows the Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) saturation capacity, expressed as the ratio between the actual and the potential SOC stock in each pixel. Values close to 0 indicate a great potential of soil to store more carbon.
The actual SOC stock was derived from the Pan-European simulation using the biogeochemical CENTURY model (a detailed explanation can be found in the references below). The associated data can be found in ESDAC: "Pan-European SOC stock of agricultural soils"
The potential SOC stock was obtained simulating a grassland land use without nitrogen limitation, since it was considered a good scenario for SOC accumulation. The scenario set-up was analogous to that described in Lugato et al (2014b, see below) for the grassland land use, namely ‘AR_GR_LUC’. However to obtain a potential SOC stock, the model was ran for 2000 years with repeated actual climate, in order to reach an equilibrium condition. The simulation involved only the agricultural soils, according to the Corine Land Cover. A value of 1 was arbitrary attributed to forest soils.
The data come as a single ESRI Grid (250m resolution) in the ETRS_LAEA_10_52 Coordinate System + the two referenced articles
Coverage: EU + Balkan + Norway
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