Associate Professor Stephen Ogle of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability recently received a grant from the Fulbright Specialist Program, which promotes links between United States scholars and counterparts at institutions overseas.
Ogle, also a senior research scientist in the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, will work with Universidad Nacional de Colombia to help researchers develop a better understanding of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and methods to account for the emissions.
Over the course of two weeks, he will provide lectures and offer training activities and hands-on computer modeling work. Ogle will also take part in field research, visiting the Orinoco River Basin, where agriculture is expanding and researchers in Colombia are gathering data on corn production systems, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through conservation management practices.
Colombia conducts greenhouse gas inventories already, Ogle said. “But researchers at the university want to develop more sophisticated methods for agriculture and croplands,” he explained. More specifically, they want to improve on the inventory accounting methods as they relate to agreements made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Ogle has worked with more than 20 national governments on improving greenhouse gas emission inventories and complying with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting requirements. He is currently collaborating with Vietnam, South Africa and Bangladesh through projects sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“If this project is successful with Colombia and they use the new method for greenhouse gas emissions reporting, it is likely that other countries will start to adopt more sophisticated methods that, in turn, will lead to more accurate emissions reporting by governments,” Ogle said.
Ogle was a co-author on “Climate-smart soils,” a study published in Nature in April. Read more about that study on SOURCE.
The Fulbright Specialist Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ogle’s term as a Fulbright Specialist will continue through 2021.
The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory is in the Warner College of Natural Resources.