Climatic Change

, Volume 98, Issue 1–2, pp 51–73 | Cite as

Coupling biophysical and micro-economic models to assess the effect of mitigation measures on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture

  • S. Durandeau
  • B. Gabrielle
  • C. Godard
  • P.-A. Jayet
  • C. Le Bas


Agricultural soils are a major source of atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas (GHG). Because N2O emissions strongly depend on soil type, climate, and crop management, their inventory requires the combination of biophysical and economic modeling, to simulate farmers’ behavior. Here, we coupled a biophysical soil-crop model, CERES-EGC, with an economic farm type supply model, AROPAj, at the regional scale in northern France. Response curves of N2O emissions to fertilizer nitrogen (Nf) inputs were generated with CERES-EGC, and linearized to obtain emission factors. The latter ranged from 0.001 to 0.0225 kg N2O-N kg − 1 Nf, depending on soil and crop type, compared to the fixed 0.0125 value of the IPCC guidelines. The modeled emission factors were fed into the economic model AROPAj which relates farm-level GHG emissions to production factors. This resulted in a N2O efflux 20% lower than with the default IPCC method. The costs of abating GHG emissions from agriculture were calculated using a first-best tax on GHG emissions, and a second-best tax on their presumed factors (livestock size and fertilizer inputs). The first-best taxation was relatively efficient, achieving an 8% reduction with a tax of 11 €/ t-CO2-equivalent, compared to 68 €/t-CO2 eq for the same target with the second-best scheme.


Emission Factor Farm Type Mitigation Target Farm Account Data Network STICS Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Durandeau
    • 1
  • B. Gabrielle
    • 2
  • C. Godard
    • 3
  • P.-A. Jayet
    • 1
  • C. Le Bas
    • 4
  1. 1.INRA, AgroParisTech, UMR 210 Économie PubliqueThiverval-GrignonFrance
  2. 2.INRA, AgroParisTech, UMR 1091 Environnement et Grandes CulturesThiverval-GrignonFrance
  3. 3.Agro-Transfert Ressources et TerritoiresEstrées-MonsFrance
  4. 4.INRA, US 1106 INFOSOLOlivetFrance

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