Emissions - Fires in Drained Organic Soils


Annual greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2e) from  fires in drained organic soils

Represented range

Annual greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2e) from fires in drained organic soils:  0-18 kt CO2


Annual greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2e) from drained organic soils. This global dataset consists of estimates of N2O and CO2 emissions associated with the mineralization and oxidation of the organic matter in organic soils that are drained for agriculture. Estimates are available for the period 1992—2018. They are computed applying the Tier 1 method of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National greenhouse gas Inventories (IPCC, 2006) and using the distribution of histosols as a proxy for organic soils. Emissions are calculated for the land use classes 'cropland' and 'grassland' separately based on yearly land cover maps, climatic zones and a map of the livestock density. The emissions shown here are the sum of the N2O emissions (converted to CO2 equivalent using the global warming potential from the IPCC Assessment Report 5) and the CO2 emissions for each available year and land use in the dataset. Pixel size: 1 x 1 km. Units: kilotonnes. Contact email: faostat@fao.org 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Source data

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)



FAOSTAT statistics provide information on the area of drained organic soils for agriculture around the world and the resulting anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere. Estimates of area drained and subsequent emissions are first computed at pixel level, using available geospatial information on soils characteristics, land cover, land use and climate conditions. In particular, the FAOSTAT estimates use histosols as proxy for presence of organic soils, in agreement with IPCC guidelines. 

Spatial resolution

Global coverage

Pixel size:

1 km x 1 k

Temporal resolution