Biography

Present Position:

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications:

B.Agr.Sc. (Forestry), University College Dublin, 1992.
Ph.D. (Soil Science), University College Dublin, 1999.
M.Eng.Sc. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), University College Cork, 2011.
Grad. Dip. (Teaching, Learning and Scholarship), University of Limerick, 2018.
Former Positions:Bord na Móna Newman Scholar, University College Dublin (1999-2002)Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Dublin (2002-2003)Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Cork (2004-2008)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the impact of land use and land use change on soil carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions. Other interests include carbon storage in harvested wood products, forest ecosystem services and nutrient stores in forest biomass.
Researcher staff and students
Completed
  • Ciara Hayes. 2010. Spatial variation in soil carbon stocks under a Miscanthus crop. M.Sc. University of Limerick.
  • Anthony O'Donnell. 2011. Forestry in the Republic of Ireland: Government policy, grant incentives and carbon sequestration value M.Sc. (Financial Services), University of Limerick. Minor thesis. Co-supervisor: Dr. M. Cummins.
  • Stephanie Brosnan. 2011. Partitioning of soil respiration in a beech forest using a trenching experiment. M.Sc., University of Limerick.
  • Dr. Jennifer Donlan. 2010-2011. Carbon stocks and stock changes in harvested wood products. Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Council for Forest Research and Development.
  • Dr. Jennifer Donlan. 2014. Assessment of agricultural activity on drained organic soils. Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Eva Ros Mangrinan. 2015. Nutrient pools in forest biomass. MSc. Co-supervisor Dr. Thomas Cummins, UCD. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Cormac O'Callaghan. 2015. Quantification and valuation of Irish forest ecosystem services in Irish forests. MSc at University College Cork co-supervised with Prof. J. O'Halloran and Dr S. Irwin. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Richard Lane. 2016. Soil carbon dynamics in afforested organo-mineral soils. PhD. University of Limerick. Funded by the Irish Research Council.
  • Caitlin Rigney. 2016. Greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatland forests. PhD. University of Limerick. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Gemma Torres-Sallan. 2016. Physical and biochemical characterisation of soil organic carbon in topsoil and subsoil of Irish grasslands. PhD. University of Limerick.Co-Supervisors: Dr. G. Lanigan and Prof. R. Creamer. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Jonay Antonio Jovani Sancho. 2017. Empirical and process based modeling of soil respiration in afforested peatlands. PhD. University of Limerick. Co-supervisor Dr. Thomas Cummins, UCD. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Dr. Jean O'Dwyer. 2015-2018. Economic and Environmental Mapping of Cascade Use of Wood. Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Michael Clancy. 2018. Soil carbon stocks in forest soils. PhD. Soil carbon stocks and life cycle analysis of short rotation forestry. University of Limerick. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Dr. Michael Clancy. 2019-2021. BenchValue – Benchmarking the Sustainability Performances of Value Chains. Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Current
  • Kilian Walz. Peatland properties influencing greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Co-supervisor Dr. Florence Renou-Wilson, UCD. PhD funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Dylan Walshe. Integration of spatial Big Data for improved long term forest resource planning. Employment based PhD scholarship funded by the Irish Research Council. Co-supervisor Dr. Daniel McInerney, Coillte Teoranta.
  • Jill Pitcher Farrell. Forest growth and development on high pH soils and marl sites. MSc funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


Professional Activities

Award

  • 2011 - Visiting Scholarship to Trent University, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2007 - Member of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 2003 - Honarary Diploma, Forest Research and Management Institute, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1999 - Newman Scholarship, University College Dublin

Association

  • Member, Soil Science Society of Ireland
  • Member, International Union of Soil Science

Books

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Book Chapters

Northern peatlands, greenhouse gas exchange and climate change

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
Saarijärvi, Finland
International Peat Society and Saarijärven Offset Oy
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Biomass - impact on the carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
Netherlands
Academic Press Elsevier Sciences
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Greenhouse Gas Balance in Disturbed Peatlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2011
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The influence of forestry on blanket peatland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
1997
The Royal Society of Chemistry
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Soils and carbon storage

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
Switzerland
Springer
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Irish peatland forests: Lessons from the past and pathways to a sustainable future

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2015
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Current and future degradation risks to forest soils in Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2015
Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 - 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Eusko Jaurlaritzaren Argitalpen Zerbitzua, Servicio Central de Publicaciones del Gobierno Vasco
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Irish peatland forests: lessons from the past and pathways to a sustainable future

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2015
Boca Raton, Florida
CRC Press
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Greenhouse gas balance in disturbed peatlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2011
UK
Wiley-Blackwell
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Climate impacts of peatland forestry

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
Saarijärvi, Finland
International Peat Society and Saarijärven Offset Oy
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Collar insertion depth effects on soil respiration in afforested peatlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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CO2 fluxes in adjacent new and permanent temperate grasslands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2005
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Soil respiration partitioning in afforested temperate peatlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
DORDRECHT
SPRINGER
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Sustainability of Irish forestry - current status and future prospects

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
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Carbon dioxide dynamics of a restored maritime peatland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Land cover change and soil organic carbon stocks in the Republic of Ireland 1851-2000

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
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Detecting nutrient deficiency in spruce forests using multispectral satellite imagery

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2020
AMSTERDAM
ELSEVIER
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The role of planted forests in the provision of habitat: an Irish perspective

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Reporting carbon stocks in harvested wood products: Implications for Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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Assessing fixed depth carbon stocks in soils with varying horizon depths and thicknesses, sampled by horizon

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Long term response of Sitka spruce to fertiliser on low level blanket peat in the west of Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
1998
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Carbon sequestration determined using farm scale carbon balance and eddy covariance

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Rewetting of cutaway peatlands: Are we re-creating hotspots of methane emissions?

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2009
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Investigating the Effects of k and Area Size on Variance Estimation of Multiple Pixel Areas Using a k-NN Technique for Forest Parameters

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2021
BASEL
MDPI
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Clay illuviation provides a longterm sink for C sequestration in subsoils

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Characterization of elemental ratios and oxidative ratio of horticultural peat

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2020
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Soil carbon balance of afforested peatlands in the maritime temperate climatic zone

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2021
HOBOKEN
WILEY
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Assessing fixed depth carbon stocks in soils with varying horizon depths and thicknesses, sampled by horizon

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Preliminary estimates of biomass carbon stock changes in managed forests in the Republic of Ireland over the period 1990-2000

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
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Above- and belowground biomass measurements in an unthinned stand of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr.)

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Forestry in the Republic of Ireland: Government policy, grant incentives and carbon sequestration value

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2013
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Greenhouse gas emissions from two rewetted peatlands previously managed for forestry

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
DUNDEE
INT PEAT SOC
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Future change in carbon in harvested wood products from Irish forests established prior to 1990

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2013
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Carbon stock and stock changes across a Sitka spruce chronosequence on surface-water gley soils

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2009
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Stand age-related effects on soil respiration in a first rotation Sitka spruce chronosequence in central Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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Indicators of soil formation in restored bauxite residues

Dr. Ronan Courtney
Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2013
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The potential impact of climate change on Irish forestry

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
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Vegetation and environmental variation in an Atlantic blanket bog in South-western Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
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Possibilities for carbon sequestration in Irish forests

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2000
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Area estimations of cultivated organic soils in Ireland: reducing GHG reporting uncertainties

Dr. Jean O'Dwyer
Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2016
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Future change in carbon in harvested wood products from Irish forests established prior to 1990

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2013
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Carbon stocks and sequestration in plantation forests of the Republic of Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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Process-based modelling of net ecosystem exchange and its components for a humid grassland ecosystem

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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A review of the range and value of ecosystem services

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2016
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The role of forests in the global carbon cycle and in climate change policy

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
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A high resolution green area index for modelling the seasonal dynamics of CO2 exchange in peatland vascular plant communities

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in forested and virgin blanket peatland in the west of Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2000
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Development of a hierarchical model for predicting microbiological contamination of private groundwater supplies in a geologically heterogeneous region

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
OXFORD
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
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The effect of afforestation on soil carbon dioxide emissions in blanket peatland in Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2005
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The short-term effect of altered water level on carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in a blanket bog

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2009
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The need to disaggregate podzols and peaty podzols when assessing forest soil carbon stocks

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2015
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The influence of temperature on carbon dioxide production in laboratory columns of virgin and forested blanket peat

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2001
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Partitioning of respiration in an intensively managed grassland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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Effects of soil type and depth on carbon distribution within soil macroaggregates from temperate grassland systems

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
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Development of a hierarchical model for predicting microbiological contamination of private groundwater supplies in a geologically heterogeneous region

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
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Net ecosystem exchange of grassland in contrasting wet and dry years

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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The potential of birch afforestation as an after-use option for industrial cutaway peatlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2010
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The role of plantation forestry in Ireland in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2010
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PARTITIONING OF SOIL RESPIRATION IN A FIRST ROTATION BEECH PLANTATION

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Methane flux dynamics in an Irish lowland blanket bog

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Bulk-density modelling using optimal power-transformation of measured physical and chemical soil parameters

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2018
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Thermodynamics of soil organic matter decomposition in semi-natural oak (Quercus) woodland in southwest Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2020
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Estimating net ecosystem exchange in a patterned ecosystem: example from blanket bog

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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The short-term effect of altered water level on carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in a blanket bog.

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2009
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Improved estimates of biomass expansion factors for Sitka spruce

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
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Carbon storage in harvested wood products for Ireland 1961-2009

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2012
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Patterns in vegetation and CO2 dynamics along a water level gradient in a lowland blanket bog

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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How strongly can forest management influence soil carbon sequestration?

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

14th European Bioenergy Conference

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2005
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Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2005
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Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (GSOC17): Unlocking the potential of mitigating and adapting to a changing climate. 21 - 23 March 2017, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2017
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Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2005
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17th Nitrogen Workshop - Innovations for sustainable use of nitrogen resources

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2012
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Achievement and Challenge Rio + 10 and Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2002
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Agricultural Research Forum

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2012
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Achievement and Challenge Rio + 10 and Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2002
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Forests, Carbon and Climate Change - Local and International Perspectives

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
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Carbon sequestration, Policy, Science and Economics. Proceedings of a COFORD seminar on Carbon Sequestration and Irish Forests

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2001
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Cost Action 639: Greenhouse gas budget of soils under changing climate and land use

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2007
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Sustaining Our Peatlands, Proceedings of the 11th International Peat Congress

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2000
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Sustainable Forestry in Theory and Practice: Recent Advances in Inventory and Monitoring, Statistics and Modeling, Information and Knowledge Management, and Policy Science

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

Greenhouse gas budgets of peat use for energy in Ireland

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
Dublin
Sustainable Energy Ireland and IEA Bioenergy
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Climate Change, Scenarios & Impacts for Ireland (2000-LS-5.2.1-M1). Final Report.

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2003
Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency
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Introduction. In: IPCC 2014, 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2014
Switzerland
Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change
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Carbon sequestration and Irish forests

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
1999
Dublin
COFORD
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Greenhouse gas calculation methodologies for fuels based on peat and peat grown biomass. Service contract to improve understanding of greenhouse gas impacts of using peat or peat grown biomass for tra....

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2011
Brussels
European Commission
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Evaluation of Models (PaSim, RothC, CENTURY and DNDC) for Simulation of Grassland Carbon Cycling at Plot, Field and Regional Scale. STRIVE Report 20

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2008
Wexford, Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency
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2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Volume 4: Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land-Use, Chapter 7, Wetlands: Peatland Section.

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2006
Hayama, Japan.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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EU peatlands: Current carbon stocks and trace gas fluxes

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
Viterbo, Italy
CarboEurope GHG Report. Specific study 4
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry, Chapter 3: LUCF sector good practice guidance.

Dr. Kenneth Byrne
2004
Hayama, Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

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