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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Managing Farms for Environmental Stewardship and Profit

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

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

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

Submitted to: Animal
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: March 22, 2013
Publication Date: June 23, 2014
Citation: Del Prado, A., Crosson, P., Olesen, J.E., Rotz, C.A. 2014. Whole-farm models to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and their potential use for linking climate change mitigation and adaptation in ruminant-based farming systems. Animal. 7(s2):373–385.

Technical Abstract: The farm level is the most appropriate scale for evaluating options for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The farm represents the unit at which management decisions in livestock production are made and farm profit must be maintained for sustainable production. To date, a number of whole farm modelling 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 modelling 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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