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Project Meadowlark Project Meadowlark SCHEDULE OF SCOPE The following projects tasks will be executed in GC 2013060019 Meadowlark: Alberta Focused Across the Fence Soil Carbon Pre-sampling on 12 ranches. 13CO2 Pulse label AMP Grazing sites. Additional support of the non-Shell members of the Meadowlark team to support the Shell Canada team. Alberta Focused Across the Fence Soil Carbon Pre-sampling on 12 ranches. Scope of Work: This process would be managed by Steve Apfelbaum and Richard Teague and will incorporate several key Alberta soil scientists as advisors (e.g. Drs. Mark Boyce, Scott Neilson, Ed Bork, etc). The number of ranches (12) has been designed to satisfy basic statistical requirements associated with the analysis of the soil carbon data from the ranches. The experimental design includes 3 AMP ranches where AMP ranching has been in place for a decade or more, and paired (across the fence) with each AMP ranch will be a best in class continuous conventional grazed ranch, and a poorest in class continuous conventional grazed ranch. This pairing will be used to measure the differential and incremental improvements in soil carbon sequestration from AMP grazing practices. Deliverables: A brief report summarizing the following: Identified ranches that have used AMP grazing practices who are willing to participate in a soil carbon program. Soil carbon data from pre-sampling of AMP ranches and across the fence conventionally grazed range lands Soil carbon pre-sampling data analysis documenting statistical differences between AMP and CC grazed rangelands in Alberta. Cost: $250,000 and includes all field work, expenses, laboratory analyses, etc. Schedule: 150 days after authorization to proceed. 13CO2 Pulse label AMP Grazing sites. Scope of Work: Use 13CO2 to pulse label several areas within an AMP grazing and conventionally grazed plot Track 13C into soil C pools and above/below ground biomass C Measure 13CO2 flux from soil chambers (carbon flow through plant) You are what you eat: quantify the animal CH4 contribution using Shell Picarro 13CH4 CRDS analyser Plants become 13C labelled, cow eats plant, microbes in cow stomach break down plant, methane emitted from cow is 13C labelled and detectable in air Technology has already used to quantify CH4 from thermogenic (hydraulic fracking/natural gas leaks) and biogenic sources (landfill sites) Quantify rate of change in bulk soil C, soil C pool fractions and soil respiration This option mitigates the risks of not detecting changes in bulk soil C from existing chronosequence sites Adds significant value to understand where soil C sequestration magnitude and quality will be greatest in Alberta Should be done now to reduce sampling effort required if done later (would require repeat baseline more samples more cost) Deliverables: Carbon flux data Cost: $90,000 for 13CO2 and delivery infrastructure soil cores taken with existing budget and isotopes measured at STCH. Additional support of the non-Shell members of the Meadowlark team to support the Shell Canada team. Scope of Work: Assist Shell Canada in business development and valuation of SOIL CCS : NGO interactions, Government interactions and evaluation and development of AMP ranch opportunities in Alberta and Canada. Deliverables: several reports, advice and participation in selected meetings with non-Shell parties. Cost: $50,000 for expert consultancy Project Meadowlark - Amendment 1 2.1 Amendments (a) The additional SCOPE: Water Infiltration Study for 9 ranches added to 12 ranch soil carbon study, Alberta attached to this CONTRACT is added to The SCHEDULE OF SCOPE. (b) The CONTRACT PRICE is amended such that it includes financial commitments for additional SCOPE: Water Infiltration Study for 9 ranches added to 12 ranch soil carbon study, Alberta and is set out in the SCHEDULE OF PRICES attached to this CONTRACT. 2.2 Confirmation The CONTRACT remains in full effect, subject to the amendments set out in this AMENDING AGREEMENT. In the case of any conflict between the terms of this AMENDING AGREEMENT and the terms of the CONTRACT, the terms of this AMENDING AGREEMENT prevail Shell Australia Grazing Management The Shell GameChanger Project Meadowlark science and communications team has created a four phase approach to collect statistically robust quantitative data on soil carbon, hydrology and vegetation in Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazed ranchlands and in adjacent conventionally grazed ranchlands. In AMP grazing, cattle are herded into a small paddock and then moved to the next paddock once the vegetation has been grazed to a certain point, not being allowed to return to grazed areas until vegetation has recovered. This purposeful resting of land, unusual in conventional grazing, has shown promise for sequestering significant amounts of carbon, improving water infiltration and retention, increasing biodiversity of soil microbiology and wildlife, and ultimately improving animal welfare and rancher well-being. Figure 1. Scope Outline and Phasing Progression from one phase to the next is supported by a debriefing by the Project Meadowlark team to Shell Australias team on what has been learned, followed by a stage gate decision process executed by Shell Australias Decision Review Board (DRB). This proposal explains the four phases envisioned under this program (Figure 1). The program is designed to ramp up quickly and engage key Australian ranchers previously identified and inventoried by our Australian partners, with the goal to deliver and report carbon testing and other results to Shell Australia within a period of 9-12 months from the start of the project. The results will show whether conversion to AMP grazing can sequester large amounts of soil carbon on Australian rangelands.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/1/1512/31/16

Funding

  • INDUSTRY: Domestic Company: $506,858.00

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