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Sensitivity analysis for climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation projection with pasture models


Bellocchi, G and Ehrhardt, F and Soussana, J-F and Conant, R and Fitton, N and Harrison, M and Lieffering, M and Minet, J and Martin, R and Moore, A and Myrgiotis, V and Rolinski, S and Ruget, F and Snow, V and Wang, H and Wu, L, Sensitivity analysis for climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation projection with pasture models, Climate-Smart Agriculture 2015, 16-18 March 2015, Montpellier, France (2015) [Conference Extract]


The development of climate adaptation services requires an improved accuracy in model projections for climate change impacts on pastures. Moreover, changes in grassland management need to be tested in terms of their adaptation and mitigation potential. Within AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project), based on the C3MP protocol for crops, we explore climate change impacts on future greenhouse gas emissions and removals in temperate grassland systems. Site calibrated models are used to provide projections under probabilistic climate change scenarios, which are defined by a combination of air temperature, precipitation and atmospheric CO2 changes. This design provides a test of yield, greenhouse gas emissions (N2O and CH4) and C sequestration sensitivity to climate change drivers. Moreover, changes in animal stocking density and in grazing vs. cutting are explored to test potential mitigation and adaptation options. This integrated approach has been tested for 12 models applied to 19 grassland sites over three continents and is seen as a pre-requisite for the use of models in the development of climate adaptation and mitigation services for grazing livestock.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:climate change, pasture, grassland, adaptation, mitigation, C3MP, AgMIP
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
ID Code:99532
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2015-03-27

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