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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Title: Whole-farm models to quantify GHG emissions and their potential use for linking climate change mitigation and adaptation in ruminant-based farming systems

item Del Prado, A -
item Crosson, P -
item Olesen, J -
item Rotz, Clarence

Submitted to: International Conference on Greenhouse Gasses and Animal Agriculture
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 8, 2013
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: An interpretive summary is not required.

Technical Abstract: The farm level is considered the most appropriate scale for evaluating options for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because the farm represents the unit at which management decisions in livestock production are made. To date, a number of farm-based modeling approaches have been developed to quantify GHG emissions and explore climate change mitigation strategies for livestock systems. This paper analyses the limitations and strengths of the different existing approaches for modeling GHG mitigation by considering basic model structures, approaches for simulating GHG emissions from various farm components, and the sensitivity of GHG outputs and mitigation measures to different approaches. Potential challenges for linking existing models with the simulation of impacts and adaptation measures under climate change are explored along with a brief discussion of the effects on other ecosystem services.

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