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Agenda for the 10th Forestry and Agriculture GHG Modeling Forum, Autumn 2021


Session 1: Deep Decarbonization and the Role of Agriculture, Forestry, and Land Use (AFOLU)
September 28, 2021, 12:00 - 2:00 pm EST

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Session Chairs: Sara Ohrel (US Environmental Protection Agency), Tony Lemprière (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada)

Part I: Country policies and the role of AFOLU 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

Session 2: State-of-the-Art Assessment of Mitigation Potential from Forestry and Agriculture
October 19, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm EST

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Objective: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 U.S., Canada, and at the global level.
Session Chairs: Sara Ohrel (US Environmental Protection Agency), Tony Lemprière (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada)

Session 3: The Implementation of Offset Markets for GHG Mitigation
November 9, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm EST

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Objective: 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.
Session Chairs: Jeff O'Hara (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Greg Latta (University of Idaho), Jan Lewandrowski (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Session 4: Modeling to Inform Policy: Research Needs and Recent Advances
November 30, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm EST

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Objective: The ability of models to inform policy is directly tied to their ability to represent the various options, constraints, and trade-offs that lie at the heart of current policy deliberations. This session will feature talks highlighting the continuing top-down challenges associated with representing forestry and agriculture in Integrated Assessment Models informing climate policy at the highest levels, while detailing several improvements that are helping to better represent distributional impacts and the interrelationship between climate change and mitigation opportunities from the bottom-up. The session will close with a look to the future, recapping what we’ve heard across the previous sessions and teeing-up the issues to be discussed at the next Forum.
Session Chairs: Ron Sands (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Christopher Galik (North Carolina State University)

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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. and Canadian 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. Link for registration for Zoom is posted in the banner above.

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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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