(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Concentration and stock of carbon in the soils affected by land uses and climates in the western Himalaya, India

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SINGH S.K. (1) ; PANDEY C.B. (2) ; SIDHU G.S. (4) ; SARKAR D. (3) ; SAGAR R. (5) ;
(1) National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional center, Kolkata, New Delhi, INDE
(2) Central Soil Salinity Research Inst., Haryana, Karnal, INDE
(3) National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional center, Nagpur, INDE
(4) National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional center, New Dehli, INDE
(5) Banaras Hindu Univ., Varanasi, INDE


This study reports the impact of 4 climatic conditions (sub-tropical, altitude: 500–1200 m; temperate 1200–2000 m; lower alpine 2000–3000 m; upper alpine, 3000–3500 m) and 4 land uses (forest, grassland, horticulture, agriculture) on the concentrations and stocks of soil organic carbon (SOC) in upper (0–30 cm) and deeper (30–100 cm) soil depths on the western Himalayan Mountains of India. The study also explored the drivers which influenced the SOC stock build up on the mountains. Rainfall and soil moisture showed quadratic relations, whereas temperature declined linearly with the altitude. Other factors like fine soil particles, land-use factor and altitude influenced positively whereas slope and pH, negatively to the SOC stocks. In all climatic conditions, other than temperate, SOC stocks were greater in natural ecosystems like forests and pastures than agriculture


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 87, no1 [pp. 78-89]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 8 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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