Post‐Soviet cropland abandonment and carbon sequestration in European Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

@article{Schierhorn2013PostSovietCA,
  title={Post‐Soviet cropland abandonment and carbon sequestration in European Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus},
  author={Florian Schierhorn and Daniel M{\"u}ller and Tim Beringer and Alexander V. Prishchepov and Tobias Kuemmerle and Alfons Balmann},
  journal={Global Biogeochemical Cycles},
  year={2013},
  volume={27},
  pages={1175 - 1185}
}
Widespread cropland abandonment occurred after the collapse of socialism across the former Soviet Union, but the rates and spatial patterns of abandoned lands are not well known. As a result, the potential of this region to contribute to global food production and estimates of the carbon sink developing on currently idle lands are highly uncertain. We developed a spatial allocation model that distributes yearly and subnational sown area statistics to the most agriculturally suitable plots. This… 

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