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Development of a farm-level greenhouse gas assessment: Identification of knowledge gaps and development of a science plan

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Title: Development of a farm-level greenhouse gas assessment: Identification of knowledge gaps and development of a science plan
Author: Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development; University of Alberta
Abstract: An Alberta?wide greenhouse gas (GHG) forum was held in March 2000, during which consensus was reached by representatives of the agriculture industry, the scientific community, and government that comprehensive on?farm GHG emission assessments were necessary if agricultural producers and processors were to reduce their GHG emissions – they have to know where and how much GHG they are emitting before they can reduce them. Before the possibility of on?farm GHG assessments can be conducted, a review of the scientific literature is required. In 2001, an in depth review of the scientific literature was initiated to gather, evaluate and synthesize agricultural GHG research for the Prairie region. The first chapter of the report summarizes the state of knowledge of agricultural GHG research and identifies preliminary gaps in our knowledge. This chapter was peer reviewed by scientific experts across Canada who were brought together in a workshop format to discuss their findings. The workshop participants prioritized the gaps with respect to urgency and impact. The identification of knowledge gaps helped lay the foundation for the Agricultural GHG Science Plan (chapter 3), which prioritized research in the areas of soils and crops, livestock, land use and energy and whole farm systems. In addition, an Alberta?based Agricultural GHG Inventory was updated (chapter 2) for 2001. All three sections of this report clearly identify agricultural GHG research gaps and recommend there is currently not enough information available to produce on? farm assessments that will accurately reflect the GHG emissions of a typical farm within a reasonable range of error.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15059
Date: 2003
Rights: In Copyright - Non-Commercial or Educational Reproduction Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development


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