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TESS Seminar: Modelling environmental impacts of agriculture

When Mar 01, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where D3.054 Cairns, 145.030 Townsville
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Contact Phone 07 4232 1427
Attendees All welcome
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A/Prof. Paul Nelson 
James Cook University

AbstractPaul Nelson

Most people involved in the production and consumption of agricultural products are interested in reducing or eliminating adverse environmental impacts of production while maintaining or improving productivity. To do that we need to know what the impacts are, and predict how they will change in response to changed management. Environmental impacts occur through movement and transformations of energy and materials. In an ideal world we might monitor all these processes, but that is simply not feasible. We therefore need to estimate them, and this involves models. This talk will describe the approaches currently being used and the directions research is taking.


Paul Nelson is a soil scientist whose research revolves mostly around improving the sustainability of agriculture, especially its effects on aquatic ecosystems, the greenhouse gas balance and soil health. Prior to joining academia fulltime in 2010 he worked mostly in agricultural industry research organisations, CSIRO and the Qld Department of Natural Resources. He has spent 17 of the last 20 years in North Qld, but hails originally from Adelaide, and has also worked in Sweden, France and Papua New Guinea.

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