A new map of Irish soils’ potential to release or store carbon could determine which farming activities and other land uses may be incentivised or discouraged in the coming years to meet climate change targets.

At last week’s COP22 global climate summit in Morocco, Teagasc’s former lead sustainability researcher Prof Rogier Schulte presented the map, which he said resulted from two years of research by multiple scientists. Schulte is now senior scientist in International Agricultural and Environmental Policy at Wageningen Economic Research in the Netherlands, one of the world’s most advanced research centres in the field of climate change.