The Crop Growth and Plant Parameters Element Working Group is responsible for assessing the amount of carbon that is stored and emitted in Kenya’s crops and plants as they grow. To do this, the team will undertake detailed assessment of the main crops in Kenya and will develop models that can track carbon emissions from crops during the growth process.
Measuring the emissions from a particular crop is not easy – all leaves, stems and branches need to be measured, and carbon needs to be followed into the soils, deadwood and the atmosphere. This work requires the scientists involved in SLEEK to set-up a range of experimental sites, where they can track the growth of Kenya’s most important plants in fine, scientific detail.
The team is also responsible for identifying the management practices that are used in Kenya. This is because the level of carbon stored by a particular crop can differ significantly based on the management of that crop. For example, double cropping maize with a second crop will produce a significantly different response compared with planting maize alone.
This team is compiling comprehensive climate data covering Kenya and scenarios showing how this could change.
This team is building models that will track carbon as crops and plants grow.
This team is assessing the level of carbon stored in Kenya’s soils and using models to track this change over time.
This team is developing models to track how carbon is stored and released by trees as they grow.
This team is responsible for understanding the drivers of change in Kenya’s land sector, which will help explain change in the future.
The modelling team is working to combine the information and data collected through SLEEK to produce a unified, accurate report of Kenya’s emissions form the land-sector.
This team is responsible for using remote sensing imagery to develop maps that will show the changes in land-cover over time.