Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM)

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Publication Date: 
September 2020

The Full Carbon Accounting Model is a calculation tool for modelling Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector.

FullCAM is used in Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Accounts for the land use, land use change and forestry sectors. Results from modelling are used to produce the annual totals for Australia’s National Inventory Reports. Emissions data (including from the land sector) can be found in the Australian Greenhouse Emissions Information System.

Carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by forests, croplands, grasslands and other vegetation can offset emissions from farming and land clearing.

Given the size of Australia's land sector is approximately 769 million hectares, it’s impractical to measure emissions and abatement using just direct estimation methods, such as field sampling.

Australia’s national inventory system for the land sector relies on the use of a modelling framework. FullCAM estimates the carbon stock change in ecosystems including:

  • above and belowground biomass
  • standing and decomposing debris
  • soil carbon resulting from land use and management activities

Using FullCAM for Emissions Reduction Fund projects

FullCAM is also used to generate abatement estimates for vegetation methodology determinations (methods) under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Each method has its own guidance for using FullCAM:

For each method, the default and alternative download option together constitute ‘FullCAM’ as defined by the method.

You must read the Licence agreement before downloading and using the FullCAM software below.

Download options: Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM)

FullCAM 2020 public release

Default: 2020 FullCAM option

  1. ERF projects must use the default option unless they meet requirements for the alternative option that are listed in the relevant method specific FullCAM guideline.

Alternative: 2016 FullCAM option

  1. ERF projects that meet specific requirements listed in the relevant method specific guidelines for the project may use this alternative option

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