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Accounting for Climate Change

Uncertainty in Greenhouse Gas Inventories — Verification, Compliance, and Trading

  • Daniel Lieberman
  • Matthias Jonas
  • Zbigniew Nahorski
  • Sten Nilsson
  • Addresses key uncertainty issues - verification, compliance and emissions trading

  • Presents state-of-the-art research and developments

  • Provides a multidisciplinary forum for international experts

  • Can be used in various courses in environmental management and environmental economics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Daniel Lieberman, Matthias Jonas, Wilfried Winiwarter, Zbigniew Nahorski, Sten Nilsson
    Pages 1-4
  3. S. Nilsson, A. Shvidenko, M. Jonas, I. McCallum, A. Thomson, H. Balzter
    Pages 5-21
  4. R. Bun, M. Gusti, L. Kujii, O. Tokar, Y. Tsybrivskyy, A. Bun
    Pages 63-74
  5. Zbigniew Nahorski, Joanna Horabik, Matthias Jonas
    Pages 119-138
  6. Paweł Bartoszczuk, Joanna Horabik
    Pages 153-159

About this book


The assessment of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted to and removed from the atmosphere is high on both political and scientific agendas internationally.  As increasing international concern and cooperation aim at policy-oriented solutions to the climate change problem, several issues have begun to arise regarding verification and compliance under both proposed and legislated schemes meant to reduce the human-induced global climate impact.  The approaches to addressing uncertainty discussed in this volume attempt to improve national inventories or to provide a basis for the standardization of inventory estimates to enable comparison of emissions and emission changes across countries.  Several authors use detailed uncertainty analyses to enforce the current structure of the emissions trading system while others attempt to internalize high levels of uncertainty by tailoring the emissions trading market rules.  In all approaches, uncertainty analysis is regarded as a key component of national GHG inventory analyses.


Topics of interest include:


-national greenhouse gas emission inventories

-bottom-up versus top-down emission analyses

-signal detection and analysis techniques

-verification and compliance issues

-role of uncertainty in emissions trading schemes

-compliance and emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol


Assessment of uncertainty can help improve inventories and manage risk.  Through recognizing the importance of identifying and quantifying uncertainties, great strides can be made in the process of Accounting for Climate Change.


Emissions trading Greenhouse gas Greenhouse gas inventories Kyoto Protocol Uncertainty analysis Verification and compliance climate change science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Lieberman
    • 1
  • Matthias Jonas
    • 2
  • Zbigniew Nahorski
    • 3
  • Sten Nilsson
    • 4
  1. 1.ICF InternationalWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.International Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisLaxenburgAustria
  3. 3.Systems Research InstitutePolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  4. 4.International Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisLaxenburgAustria

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