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Greenhouse gas emissions from soils in Germany

Support to the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg

The Air Liquide Foundation supports the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, in a scientific research project. The objective is to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from various soils. Improved knowledge of the factors controlling these emissions will allow for the establishment of a series of measures to limit them.

Quantify greenhouse gas emissions from soils

Many researchers today are working on quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere as well as on ways to limit them. Adapting to climate change requires a decrease in these emissions. Diffuse GHG emissions, notably those that come from the soil, have still not been studied to any extent and are particularly poorly known, whereas they probably represent a large share of global emissions. The current state of knowledge does not permit the volume of these GHG gases emissions to be accurately determined. Neither is the impact known of different influencing parameters such as type of soil, soil management, temperature, humidity, ... on these emissions.

The Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, in the state of Saxony, specialized in the economics and use of natural resources, has made this subject one of its principal research focuses.

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting this research by financing measurement and analysis equipment

The results will make it possible to acquire better knowledge of the factors impacting these emissions and to create a series of effective measures to limit them.


  • Project initiator: Bergakademie Technical University, Freiberg, Germany
  • Location: Freiberg, Saxe Allemagne
  • Year of support: 2011
  • R&D Manager: Daniel Reiser, Lurgi