In 2008 research commenced on carbon measurement by the faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney.
This research, led by Professor Alex Mc Bratney, created a new type of geostatistics, in which error defined the number and location of samples. Three PhD projects were funded by the Australian Government and private companies from 2009 to 2013. IP protection and government approval were pursued by the founding capital providers from 2013 until the successful release by the Australian Federal Government of the “Carbon Credits” (Carbon Farming Institute – Measurement of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems) methodology determination in 2018.
The University of Sydney Soil Carbon Measure Protocol,(click here for peer reviewed publications) became the basis for the soil carbon measurement that underpins the regulation. In 2019 the right to the patent was transferred from the investors to Soil Carbon Count Pty Ltd.