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In a carbon, energy and water-constrained world, the competition for water and carbon management on farms will greatly intensify in the coming decade. Utilising available water to produce food and fibre will be in increasing competition with biofuel production, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem services.

This forum will concentrate on the facts about changes in Australia’s climate and focus on the facts regarding carbon cycling on farms and in agricultural systems. In addition, there will be presentations on possible carbon emission and mitigation scenarios on farm, as well as consideration of the potential economic, environmental and social impacts for farmers and rural communities.

Presenters

Professor Peter Grace

Professor Peter GraceProfessor Grace is the Professor of Global Change at Queensland University of Technology. He is an agro-ecologist and natural resource management specialist, with over 15 years international experience in carbon cycling, greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural risk management in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Through a range of agencies, he has been heavily involved in international global climate change issues. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University in the United States.

Dr Mark Howden

Dr Mark HowdenDr Mark Howden is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia. He is also the leader of the ‘Adaptive Primary Industries and Enterprises’ theme in the new CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and has recently been involved with the new Agricultural Sustainability Initiative in CSIRO and the PM’s report on adaptation to climate change.

Dr Howden’s work has focussed on the impacts of climate on Australian ecosystems and urban systems dealing, with amongst other things, the dynamics of grazed and cropped ecosystems, development of innovative and sustainable farming systems, biodiversity, energy systems and water use. He has also developed the national and international greenhouse gas inventories for the agricultural sector and assessed sustainable methods of reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture.

Mr Andrew Campbell

Mr Andrew CampbellAndrew Campbell was the former Executive Director of Land & Water Australia (March 2000 - December 2006). He has a farming, forestry and extension background and was previously a senior executive in the Australian Government, responsible for the Bushcare program. He was instrumental in the development of Landcare in Australia through his role as Australia’s first National Landcare Facilitator from 1989 - 92 and as Manager of the Potter Farmland Plan initiative from 1984 - 89.

Andrew is still involved with his family farm in western Victoria, of which more than 100 hectares has been revegetated in various forms of farm forestry and habitat plantings.

Dr Jeff Baldock

Dr Jeff BaldockDr Jeff Baldock leads the Soil Process and Function stream within the Managing Australia’s Soil and Landscape Assets theme. He has been involved in research related to the chemistry and dynamics of organic matter (specifically carbon and nitrogen) in agricultural, forest and marine ecosystems. Dr. Baldock has studied the chemistry and functions of organic matter across a range of natural environments including agricultural soils, forest soils and litters, and marine, lacustrine and riverine sediments.

Dr Baldock also has significant research experience in quantifying the cycling of nitrogen and the derivation of water and nitrogen balances in dryland agricultural systems. He has contributed to increasing the understanding of interactions between soil organic matter and soil mineral surfaces and the effects that this may have on the stabilisation of soil carbon against mineralisation. He has also made significant contributions to defining the role of organic matter and its fractions in the stabilisation of soil structure.

Downloadable Content

  Listen to Andrew Campbell's Climate Forum Presentation Listen to Andrew Campbell's Climate Forum Presentation  (3976 KB)

  Listen to Dr Jeff Baldcock's Climate Forum Presentation Listen to Dr Jeff Baldcock's Climate Forum Presentation  (6596 KB)

  Listen to Dr Mark Howden's Climate Forum Presentation Listen to Dr Mark Howden's Climate Forum Presentation  (6811 KB)

  Listen to Prof Peter Grace's Climate Forum Presentation Listen to Prof Peter Grace's Climate Forum Presentation  (6487 KB)

  View Dr Jeff Baldcock's Climate Forum Presentation View Dr Jeff Baldcock's Climate Forum Presentation  (1270 KB)

  View Dr Mark Howden's Climate Forum Presentation View Dr Mark Howden's Climate Forum Presentation  (1627 KB)

  View Prof Peter Grace's Climate Forum Presentation View Prof Peter Grace's Climate Forum Presentation  (3125 KB)