Overview – Scope

The Integrative Research Group (IRG) deals with the management and estimation of greenhouse gas emissions within and across agricultural systems to achieve the GRA mission of lowering greenhouse gas emission intensity while achieving food security in the context of climate change.

The focus of activities include:

  • Assessing soil carbon sequestration potential across spatial and temporal scales,
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) interrelationships between crop and livestock production,
  • Modelling GHG emissions and removals over farms, landscapes and regions,
  • Technical and cost-competitive GHG mitigation potentials,
  • Monitoring, reporting and verification of GHG abatement options,
  • Improving national GHG inventories,
  • Assessing strategies and policy options for mitigation and adaptation.

Leadership

Lee Nelson

Department of Agriculture

Australia

lee.nelson@agriculture.gov.au

Brian McConkey

Agriculture and Agri-Food

Canada

Brian.McConkey@AGR.GC.CA

Jean-Francois Soussana

INRA

France

jean-francois.soussana@paris.inra.fr

Africa

Ghana

Americas

Argentina

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Mexico

Peru

United States of America

Uruguay

Asia Pacific

Australia

China

India

Indonesia

Japan

Malaysia

New Zealand

Philippines

South Korea

Vietnam

Europe

Austria

Belgium

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

The IRG brings together the two former Cross-Cutting Groups of the GRA into one broader integrative research group. This will improve coordination and integration of cross-cutting issues across the agricultural subsectors covered by the other three Research Groups.

Owing to the breadth of activities covered, the IRG will coordinate and integrate cross-cutting issues across the GRA and establish focused research networks to deal with specific themes as identified.  Research Group participants will link their member countries into the IRG and its focused research networks.  The IRG will work in close collaboration with members, partners, and the other research groups to ensure that the GRA is meeting critical research needs and avoiding duplication.

The Group activities are completed by five scientific networks as outlined below

Group Activities

1. Grassland network
2. Soil carbon sequestration network
3. Field integration network
4. Farm and regional integration network
5. Greenhouse gas inventories network