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EMF 21: Land in Climate Stabilization Modeling Initial Observations

Abstract: 
This report focuses on the study organized by the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) on Multigas Mitigation and Climate Change and as input to the EMF's land modeling subgroup in a current study on Climate Policy Scenarios for Stabilization and in Transition. EMF 21 assembles and analyzes the modeling results related to the role of land in climate stabilization scenarios.

The objectives of EMF 21 study were to conduct a new comprehensive , multi-gas policy assessment to improve the understanding of the affects of including non-CO2 GHGs (NCGGs) and landuse (terrestrial sequestration) into short- andlong-term mitigation policies. EMf 21 essentially answers the following question: How important are NCGGs & landuse in climate policies?

It provided explanations for differences in results from different models and identified high priority areas for future research and advanced the state-of-the-art in integrated assessment and climate economic modeling.  In addition, it strengthened collaboration between NCGG and landuse experts and modeling teams.

All papers are part of a Special Issue of The Energy Journal, November 2006. The volume can be cited as: F. de la Chesnaye and J. Weyant and (eds). Multi-Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Climate Policy.