Accomplishments in Developing Tools for
Assessing Global Change Policies and Options
- Economic research has shown that the planting and conservation
of trees to sequester carbon, although limited in effectiveness,
compares favorably with actions such as energy conservation and
conversions to less carbon intensive fuels. Other research has shown
that the net costs of greenhouse gas emission reductions may be
significantly lower when ancillary benefits, such as those associated
with sulfur and particulate release are considered.
- Decision-support tools have been developed to help reduce the
social and economic impacts of ENSO events. Successful forecasts of
the onset of an ENSO event has led to the development of new
management strategies for water use and agricultural practices in
areas which could be adversely affected.