EVALUATION OF CARBON STORAGE AS AN ECOSYSTEM/LANDSCAPE SERVICE IN eutric Cambisols, CMe, albic Luvisols, LVa AND rendzic Leptosols, LPk IN MALA PLANINA
Borislav Grigorov and Assen Assenov
ABSTRACT — The aim of the current investigation is to identify and quantify organic carbon as a supporting ecosystem/landscape service of the following soil subtypes: eutric Cambisols, CMe, albic Luvisols, LVa and rendzic Leptosols, LPk in Mala Planina. Nine soil samples were collected from typical landscapes in the mountain. Each sample weighs 500 grams, which is a necessary weight for the conduction of chemical analyses in a laboratory. The value of carbon per ton in the investigated soils in Mala Planina, equated to the carbon emissions, is determined and displayed as monetary value in EUR to indicate the value of “carbon stock" as a supporting ecosystem/landscape service of eutric Cambisols, CMe, albic Luvisols, LVa and rendzic Leptosols, LPk. The results are comparable to other investigations and fall within the range of the average values for Bulgaria.
Keywords: ecosystem/landscape services, organic carbon, Mala Planina