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Title: Re-coupling the carbon and water cycles by Natural Sequence Farming


Author: Duane Norris, Peter Andrews


Natural Sequence Farming Coordinator, c/-Post Office Hardys Bay, New South Wales 2257, Australia.
Baramul Stud via Denman, New South Wales 2328, Australia


Abstract: The techniques of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) were developed during hands-on management of degraded farmland in the Upper Hunter Valley region of Australia. Early settlement of the continent by people with European cultural assumptions disrupted established interactions of water, soil, and plants resulting in lost fertility. Moreover, agricultural practices such as clearing, burning, ploughing, draining, and irrigation, have implications for global warming. Soils hold twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and three times as much as vegetation. But carbon in exposed soil oxidises, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. NSF is designed to restore ecosystem functions by re-coupling the carbon and water cycles.


Keywords: landscape restoration; NSF; natural sequence farming; water cycle; carbon cycle; plants; heat valves; climate change; Australia; ecosystems; agriculture.


DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2010.038730


Int. J. of Water, 2010 Vol.5, No.4, pp.386 - 395


Available online: 24 Feb 2011



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