Welcome to the Forestry & Agriculture GHG Modeling Forum Website

The Forum will be held virtually this year! The first webinar event will be on September 28th, 2021.

The schedule for all sessions is posted below.

Webinar Schedule

September 28, 2021: 12:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern US

Session 1: Deep Decarbonization and the Role of AFOLU

Part I: Country policies and the role of AFOLU

  • Global perspective: Land Sector in NDCs
    • Invited speaker: Nicklas Forsell, IIASA
  • Canada and U.S. perspectives - High-level overview of current AFOLU activities
    • Canada: Tony Lemprière, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
    • United States: Christine Dragisic, US Department of State
Part II: Different perspectives on role of AFOLU in deep decarbonization efforts the United States and Canada: how do we actually get there – challenges and opportunities

  • Speaker Panel: Perspectives, experiences and lessons learned
    • Susan Cook-Patton, The Nature Conservancy
    • Ronnie Drever, Nature United
    • Allen Fawcett, Environmental Protection Agency
    • Emily McGlynn, UC Davis
    • Melanie Plett, Government f British Columbia
    • TBA

October 19, 2021: 12:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern US

Session 2: State-of-the-art assessment of mitigation potential from forestry and agriculture

What role can forests and agricultural lands play in land-sector mitigation and net zero targets? Forest and agricultural models are under continuous development to reflect the latest data and science. In this session, we will examine recent assessment and modeling of pathways for mitigating GHG emissions from land-using sectors that assesses the potential contribution of these sectors to GHG mitigation for the US, Canada, and at the global level.

November 9, 2021: 12:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern US

Session 3: The implementation of offset markets for GHG mitigation

This session seeks to evaluate issues related to current offset markets and/or implementation strategies. Following an overview, we have a panel with four speakers that represent: a) agricultural commodities, b) Native American landowners, c) small-scale foresters, and d) corporate offset purchasers.

November 31, 2021: 12:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern US

Session 4: Modeling to inform policy: research needs and recent advances

TBA.

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About The Forum

The Forum's purpose is to bring together leading researchers from around the world for dialogue and collaboration around biophysical and economic modeling and empirical analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, carbon sequestration, resilience, and bioenergy potential in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

The Forum provides an important and unique venue for bringing together agriculture and forestry modelers from U.S., Canadian, and Mexican government agencies, universities, and research institutions to share ideas and foster collaboration. There is a high level of market integration between these countries, making it important to accurately reflect trade and other linkages. In addition, modeling techniques developed in applications for one country are often readily transferable to the other.

The ultimate objective is to provide information useful for public and private strategic analysis and planning of domestic and international policy options for carbon sequestration and GHG mitigation options in the two sectors, as well as looking at the potential role of biomass for bioenergy production and at issues related to climate change impacts and adaptation.

Forum Venue

Currently, the forum will be hosted virutally on Zoom. More details to follow.

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Forum Organizers

The Modeling Forum is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Organizing Committee is made up of individuals from the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments, as well as universities and research institutes.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sara Ohrel, Chair
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jan Lewandrowski
Ron Sands
Jeff O'Hara
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RTI International
Robert Beach
Kirsten Franzen
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Canadian Forest Service
Tony Lemprière
Carolyn Smith

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University of Idaho
Greg Latta
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NC State University
Christopher Galik

Questions? Please contact Kirsten Franzen at kfranzen@rti.org for more information.

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