Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

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GHG Emissions Accounting for Agriculture and Forestry Offset Projects - 5-day Intensive Course

New dates to be announced soon...

This 5-day intensive course will provide students with the information and resources to quantify GHG emissions from agriculture and forestry offset projects. Students will learn through lectures, exercises, hands-on experiences in the field and laboratory, and demonstrations of accounting tools. Topics covered during the course include:

Policy background

  • Climate change legislation
  • 'Cap and Trade' systems
  • Principles of offsetting
  • Compliance and voluntary offset markets

Introduction to agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) project types

  • Types of AFOLU projects
  • AFOLU GHG emissions and mitigation
  • Key principles of project accounting, including additionality, baselines, permanence and leakage

Accounting methodologies

  • Introduction to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AFOLU methodology, reporting and uncertainty estimation
  • GHG standards and programs that include AFOLU projects
  • Existing protocols for AFOLU offset projects

Field and laboratory methods for monitoring GHG emissions/removals

  • Soil carbon field sampling design and laboratory processing and analysis
  • N2O flux measurements in the field and laboratory analysis

Calculators for estimating GHG emissions/removals

  • General overview of calculators as well as some in-depth demonstrations and exercises

AFOLU Project Development

  • Project development components including defining projects, determining baseline scenarios, addressing issues such as additionality, leakage, and non-permanence, monitoring GHG emissions and removals, and uncertainty
  • Examples from existing offset programs