Bridging the gap between scientific knowledge in GHG mitigation, decision-making, policy and incentive implementation remains challenging. However, many studies have shown that there is potential to reduce GHG emissions and enhance soil carbon sequestration in agriculture.


Key reasons to attend this course

Update knowledge of the international reporting processes of GHG emissions and C removal from agriculture;
Gain a better understanding of the sources and drivers controlling GHG emissions and carbon sequestration in cropping systems;
Have an overview of state-of-the-art methods for measuring GHG emissions and soil C changes;
Learn about technical aspects on direct and indirect GHG mitigation strategies;
Know the criteria for designing and improving national inventories;
Enhance skills in the use of simulation models and tools for estimating GHG emissions and soil C changes at different scales;
Acquire a holistic view of available tools to support informed decision making;
Get a comprehensive vision of the challenges and opportunities of C farming.


Álvaro-Fuentes, Jorge – EEAD-CSIC, Zaragoza (Spain)
Bernoux, Martial – FAO, Rome (Italy)
Cárdenas, Laura – Rothamsted Research, Devon (United Kingdom)
Del Prado, Agustín – BC3, Leioa (Spain)
Klump, Kate – INRAE, Clermont Ferrand (France)
Milne, Eleonor – CSU, Fort Collins (USA)
Paustian, Keith – CSU, Fort Collins (USA)
Sánchez-Gimeno, Benjamín – INIA-CSIC, Madrid (Spain)
Sanz, Mª José – BC3, Leioa (Spain)
Sanz-Cobeña, Alberto – CEIGRAM-UPM, Madrid (Spain)
Teixeira, Ricardo – MARETEC, Univ. Lisbon (Portugal)

Applied approach
(lectures, practical work, case studies & debate)

11 leading international experts

Course in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation

Hybrid modality course


  • 0. Opening session and presentation of the course (1 hour)
  • 1. Context (2 hours)
    • 1.1. The role of agriculture in climate change
    • 1.2. Main processes underlying emissions of CO2, N2O, CH4
    • 1.3. The importance of the National GHG Inventories
  • 2. Measuring agricultural GHG emissions and soil carbon changes (2 hours)
    • 2.1. Methodological challenges: spatial/temporal variability, sampling issues, etc.
    • 2.2. Overview of field and laboratory methods: limitations and opportunities
    • 2.3. Low cost procedures and new developments
  • 3. GHG mitigation options for cropping systems (4 hours)
    • 3.1. Direct and indirect GHG emissions: general concepts
    • 3.2. Options for reducing direct N2O and CH4 emissions)
    • 3.3. Options for reducing indirect GHG emissions: N leaching and atmospheric reactive N
    • 3.4. Options for enhancing CO2 removal
    • 3.5. Barriers and opportunities for GHG mitigation in agriculture
  • 4. National GHG inventories (7 hours)
    • 4.1. IPCC-based methods
    • 4.2. Overcoming drawbacks, limitations and uncertainties in different national conditions
    • 4.3. Improving national inventories: national case studies
    • 4.4. Practical work on GHG NI based on a case study (3 hours)
  • 5. GHG estimation tools (13 hours)
    • 5.1. Process-based models
      • 5.1.1. Overview, data requirements, limitations and opportunities, applications
      • 5.1.2. Field-scale models for GHG estimation
      • 5.1.3. Regional and global models
      • 5.1.4. Challenges of scaling up (or down)
    • 5.2. Life cycle analysis (LCA)
    • 5.3. Practical work (7 hours)
      • 5.3.1. Field-scale process-based models
      • 5.3.2. LCA
  • 6. Decision-making oriented tools (3 hours)
    • 6.1. Decision support systems
    • 6.2. User-friendly tools
    • 6.3. Open-access databases
  • 7. Carbon farming challenges and opportunities (3.5 hours)
    • 7.1. Is carbon farming a realistic solution to climate change?
    • 7.2. Carbon market opportunities in agriculture
    • 7.3. Debate
  • 8. Closing session (0.5 hours)

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is designed for professionals with a university degree, and is specially oriented towards public and private planners and decision-makers, technical advisors, agronomists, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental effects of agriculture in a context of climate change.

  • 25 places will be available for face-to-face participation (lectures, practical work and debates).
  • 30 places will be available for online participation (lectures and debates).

Knowledge of English and Spanish will be valued in the selection of candidates, since they will be the working languages of the course. The Organization will provide simultaneous interpretation of the lectures in these two languages.

  • Candidates may apply online at the following address:
  • Applications must include the curriculum vitae and a copy of the support documents most related to the subject of the course.
  • The deadline for the submission of applications is 19 July 2023. The deadline may be extended if places are available.
  • Applications from candidates requiring authorization to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.
  • Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro for face-to-face participation and 350 euro for online participation. This sum covers tuition fees only.
  • Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries, GRA member countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, may apply during the registration process for scholarships covering registration fees and for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in Zaragoza.
  • Candidates from ASEAN countries, may apply during the registration process for scholarships covering registration fees for online participation.
  • Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants in face-to-face modality to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

CIHEAM Zaragoza

Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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