HOLOS Model: An Improved Shelterbelt Carbon Management Platform

  • For more than a decade, the Holos model has been used by researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Canada to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector.
  • Through a collaborative work between our University of Saskatchewan shelterbelt research group and the Holos model development team, the Holos shelterbelt carbon management component was improved in 2020.
  • This comprehensive model update includes the most up-to-date shelterbelt tree and shrub growth and carbon stock estimates under future climate change projections (RCP 4.5, RCP 8.5), also used in the Belt-CaT tool produced by our shelterbelt research group.
  • All shelterbelt research work, and data used in the Holos model shelterbelt component improvement, was funded by AAFC’s AGGP programs.
  • A new journal manuscript was recently published to showcase the Holos model sheltebrelt component improvements, and is provided below for your information.
  • If you are interested in the improved Holos model (Version 4), please contact the model development team at holos@canada.ca.


Please click below to view Government of Canada’s Holos software program page, or click here.

Please click below to view the journal manuscript showcasing the shelterbelt component improvements of the Holos model (version 4), or click here