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Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from the Agriculture and Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry Sectors of the U.S. GHG Inventory: CHALLENGES WITH INCLUDING INTERIOR ALASKA IN THE GHG INVENTORY November 20

About Our Speaker

Tom Wirth is an environmental protection specialist in the Climate Change Divison of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. He joined EPA in 1995 and currently oversees the development of the Agriculture and Forestry sections of the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. He has served as a Lead Author on several IPCC Reports including the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and most recently as a Coordinating Lead Author for the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories: Wetlands. Mr. Wirth has worked in numerous developing countries to assist them in compiling greenhouse gas emission inventories for the Agriculture and Forestry sectors as part of their commitment under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Mr. Wirth received a BS in Natural Resources Planning at Humboldt State University.

About the Talk

EPA leads the development of the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), a national assessment of total GHG emissions from anthropogenic sources and sinks in the U.S. The Agriculture chapter of the GHG Inventory focuses on methane and nitrous oxide emissions while the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) chapter focuses on carbon stock changes from land use and management on managed lands. This talk will describe the reporting requirements the U.S. must meet in submitting these estimates and the challenges for including interior Alaska in the GHG Inventory in the future. 




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This talk was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on October 21, 2015, as part of the Carbon Monitoring System Applications Policy Speaker Series.

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