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GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION POTENTIAL IN U.S. FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURE
U.S. EPA. GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION POTENTIAL IN U.S. FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURE. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA 430-R-05-006, 2005.
Objective of this report is to evalute the potential for U.S. forestry and agriculture to mitigate GHGs over the next several decades. The technical and policy making communities will use this report to better understand the potential for different forestry and agricultural activities to mitigate GHGs over time, and to understand the implications of addressing key technical and program design issues for generating and estimating GHG mitigation.
This report describes the FASOM-GHG model (Forestry and Agriculture Sector Optimization Model with Greenhouse Gases), the GHG mitigation scenarios for U.S. forestry and agriculture run through the FASOM-GHG model, and the results and insights that are generated. GHG mitigation potential varies significantly by region, over time and by price incentive. Results show that agricultural soil carbon and forest management strategies offer relatively low-cost GHG mitigation opportunities, and that afforestation and biofuels offer more viable strategies at higher price incentives. The carbon sequestering strategies show saturation effects over time, whereas biofuels and the non-CO2 agricultural options do not.