The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
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Briefing
: Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements
Dates:
Tue, Mar 16, 2010   253 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010   2318 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m
Thu, Mar 18, 2010   via Conference Call – 3:30 p.m.

 

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate
Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Congressional Briefings

on

Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
Methods to Support International Climate Agreements

by

Stephen W. Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University; Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute; and Chair, Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, National Research Council, The National Academies

International agreements to limit future greenhouse gas emissions will rest on the ability of countries to accurately estimate emissions and to monitor their changes over time. Of particular interest are the greenhouse gases that result from human activities, that have long lifetimes in the atmosphere and thus will change global climate for decades to millennia or more, and that are currently included in international agreements. The National Research Council report, Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements, assesses current capabilities for estimating and verifying these greenhouse gas emissions and identifies ways to improve the accuracy of emissions estimates.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 19, 2010 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.