Measuring the soil carbon baseline on the first ERF soil carbon project in Victoria. At both 30cm and 100cm (1 metre). The activity occurs at the start of a ‘new management activity’ (biodynamic farming, planned grazing) intended to build soil carbon through photosynthesis as soil health increases.
Measuring the project’s existing soil carbon levels in accordance with the ERF rules is vital to ensure the carbon increase is recognised by the regulator. At the project start a series of GPS test cores are taken and the soil carbon levels recorded. New carbon land management techniques are then commenced to optimise the carbon sequestration rate. The carbon certificates are produced by remeasuring the same GPS points to demonstrate and prove soil carbon increases. The carbon increase is the certificate value.