Full Title: Federal Strategy to Advance Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measurement and Monitoring for the Agriculture and Forest Sectors
Author(s): Greenhouse Gas Monitoring & Measurement Interagency Working Group
Publisher(s): United States Department of Agriculture
Publication Date: July 12, 2023
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This report outlines a draft framework for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals for the agriculture and forest sectors, as part of a larger strategy to advance an integrated U.S. greenhouse gas monitoring & information system. This work builds on the ongoing Federal work to produce the annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (U.S. GHG Inventory) and other GHG analyses. It also takes advantage of advanced measurement and modeling capabilities, as well as the growth of GHG observational data, to improve and verify estimates and provide enhanced data products.
Net agricultural emissions now represent roughly 10 percent of U.S. GHG emissions, while the forest sector remains a net sink of GHGs across the 1990-2021 time series; hence, agriculture and forests offer critical mitigation opportunities. Any comprehensive GHG monitoring effort will need to consider GHG emissions and removals from the agriculture and forest sectors to advance efforts to stabilize Earth’s climate. This report articulates near-term activities and projects that address known needs and gaps in our current GHG emissions measurement and monitoring capabilities.