Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Specializing in assessments for agriculture, forestry and land use

Land use, including agriculture and forestry, is an important source of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but improved land use practices also have one of the highest potentials for GHG mitigation, according to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report. Although inclusion of land use-related mitigation practices within international GHG mitigation policies and offset markets has been slow to develop, there is now rapidly growing interest in this sector. One of the major challenges to successful GHG mitigation projects in the land use sector, is the development and implementation of accurate and cost-effective quantification and verification methods.

This 5-day intensive course, led by Colorado State University (CSU) scientists and offset project developers, will provide you the skills and tools to conduct a rigorous assessment of carbon sequestration and GHG emissions associated with agricultural and forestry projects.

CSU scientists are among the world leaders in terrestrial greenhouse gas assessment and mitigation, with over 30 years of experience in ecosystem biogeochemical modeling, basic research on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics, and development of terrestrial greenhouse gas inventories at national, regional and project levels within the US and abroad.

Key topics covered in the course include:

  • Policy background
  • Introduction to agricultural and forestry offset project types
  • Emissions/removals accounting methodologies
  • Field and laboratory methods for monitoring emissions/removals
  • Calculators for estimating emissions/removals
  • Offset project development

Upon completion of the course, a Certificate of Participation will be provided.

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