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Pollution and Climate Smart Agriculture in China (PaCSAC)

The primary aim of PaCSAC is to identify feasible greenhouse gas (GHGs) and air pollutant emission reduction options and develop scenarios for the Chinese agricultural sector.  The project will quantify the impact of each scenario in terms of its ability to reduce the adverse effects on arable crop productivity and on human health.

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Rice field in Yunnan, China

Rice field in Yunnan, China. Photo: 213852/Pixabay

To achieve this aim, PaCSAC will:

(a) demonstrate the practical benefits of deploying state-of-the-art space-enabled and in-situ technologies to assess air pollution emissions, concentrations and trends over Chinese agricultural lands;

(b) through close collaboration with Chinese partners and stakeholders, accelerate and enhance research collaborations that identify and quantify feasible emission reduction options;

(c) assess the atmospheric fate of these emissions and their impacts, in terms of multiple stresses and feedback, on crop productivity as well as on human health; and

(d) develop emissions reduction scenarios and their associated benefits to support the adoption of solutions for more sustainable agriculture.

SEI is supporting the project through farmer stakeholder engagement work in China, modelling the impacts of pollution on agriculture using the DO3SE model and assessing the effects of emission reduction options on agriculture and human health using the LEAP-IBC tool.

The project is led by Lisa Emberson (Dept of Environment and Geography, University of York) and involves Kings College London, University of Leeds, and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).

Funding is provided by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Kevin Hicks

Senior Research Fellow

SEI York

Sam Bland
Sam Bland

Software Developer

SEI York

Connie O’Neill

Research Associate

SEI York

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