Advancing agricultural greenhouse gas quantification

Advancing agricultural greenhouse gas quantification

Better information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigation potential in the agricultural sector is necessary to manage these emissions and identify responses that are consistent with the food security and economic development priorities of countries. Critical activity data (what crops or livestock are managed in what way) are poor or lacking for many agricultural systems, especially in developing countries. In addition, the currently available methods for quantifying emissions and mitigation are often too expensive or complex or not sufficiently user friendly for widespread use.
The purpose of this focus issue is to capture the state of the art in quantifying greenhouse gases from agricultural systems, with the goal of better understanding our current capabilities and near-term potential for improvement, with particular attention to quantification issues relevant to smallholders in developing countries. This work is timely in light of international discussions and negotiations around how agriculture should be included in efforts to reduce and adapt to climate change impacts, and considering that significant climate financing to developing countries in post-2012 agreements may be linked to their increased ability to identify and report GHG emissions (Murphy et al 2010, CCAFS 2011, FAO 2011).

Authors: Olander, L.; Wollenberg, E.; Tubiello, F.; Herold, M.

Topic: greenhouse gases, emission, mitigation, agriculture, climate change

Publication Year: 2013

ISSN: 1748-9326

Source: Environmental Research Letters 8(1): 7p

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/011002

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