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Understanding and Analysis: The California Air Resources Board Forest Offset Protocol

  • Eric Marland
  • Grant Domke
  • Jason Hoyle
  • Gregg Marland
  • Laurel Bates
  • Alex Helms
  • Benjamin Jones
  • Tamara Kowalczyk
  • Tatyana B. Ruseva
  • Celina Szymanski

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 1-11
  3. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 13-20
  4. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 21-28
  5. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 29-36
  6. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 37-56
  7. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 57-60
  8. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 61-64
  9. Eric Marland, Grant Domke, Jason Hoyle, Gregg Marland, Laurel Bates, Alex Helms et al.
    Pages 65-67
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 69-72

About this book

Introduction

This book is a product of the initial phase of a broader study evaluating the voluntary and regulatory compliance protocols that are used to account for the contributions of forests in U.S.-based greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation programs. The research presented here is particularly concerned with these protocols’ use of the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to describe forest conditions, ownership, and management scenarios, and is oriented towards providing regulators and other interested parties with an objective comparison of the options, uncertainties, and opportunities available to offset GHG emissions through forest management. Chapters focus on the protocols for recognizing forest carbon offsets in the California carbon cap-and-trade program, as described in the Compliance Offset Protocol; U.S. Forest Projects (California Air Resources Board, 2011).

Readers will discover the protocols used for quantifying the offset of GHG emissions through forest-related project activity. As such, its scope includes a review of the current methods used in voluntary and compliance forest protocols, an evaluation of the metrics used to assign baselines and determine additionality in the forest offset protocols, an examination of key quantitative and qualitative components and assumptions, and a discussion of opportunities for modifying forest offset protocols, in light of the rapidly changing GHG-related policy and regulatory environment. Finally, the report also discusses accounting and policy issues that create potential barriers to participation in the California cap-and-trade program, and overall programmatic additionality in addressing the needs of a mitigation strategy.






Keywords

biogenic carbon sinks Forest Inventory and Analysis forest offset protocols California cap-and-trade program Measurement Challenges & Uncertainty Baselines and Boundaries Model Uncertainty Complexity and Accounting Flow US Forest service

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric Marland
    • 1
  • Grant Domke
    • 2
  • Jason Hoyle
    • 3
  • Gregg Marland
    • 4
  • Laurel Bates
    • 5
  • Alex Helms
    • 6
  • Benjamin Jones
    • 7
  • Tamara Kowalczyk
    • 8
  • Tatyana B. Ruseva
    • 9
  • Celina Szymanski
    • 10
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.USFSSt. PaulUSA
  3. 3.Appalachian Energy CenterAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  4. 4.Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and EconomicsAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  5. 5.Department of Mathematical SciencesAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  6. 6.Department of AccountingAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  7. 7.Department of Mathematical SciencesAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  8. 8.Department of AccountingAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  9. 9.Department of Government & JusticeAppalachian State University Department of Government & JusticeBooneUSA
  10. 10.Department of Government and Justice StudiesAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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