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We contribute to climate change mitigation activities by developing a platform for forest carbon monitoring with high accuracy, reach and frequency

What we do

Forests are essential in maintaining healthy ecosystem interaction and biodiversity on Earth. They are in a key role in the fight against climate change since they can restore increasing carbon stocks. Hence, several national and international initiatives (including the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and the EU LULUCF Regulation) require regular reporting of forest biomass and carbon. Robust, reliable and transparent monitoring approaches of forest biomass and carbon are needed to respond to reporting requirements.

The Forest Carbon Monitoring project is developing and implementing a set of tools for reliable and cost-efficient monitoring of forest carbon stock based on satellite remote sensing approaches supported by in-situ datasets.

 
Accurate
Close integration of field data and remotely sensed data. Statistically sound monitoring methods.
 
 
Holistic
Ecosystem process-based carbon modelling integrated into the system, allowing future inclusion of additional carbon flux and forecasting features.
 

Scalable
Flexibility towards user requirements ranging from private company carbon balance monitoring to continental level analyses with publicly available datasets.
 

Why remote monitoring?

Comprehensive

Spatially detailed data from large forest areas — also regions without proper forest inventory data.

Transparent

Openly available satellite datasets used together with published monitoring methods.

Detailed

Enabling high resolution mapping and monitoring of global forests.

Cost-effective

Reaching global scale with frequent data acquisition and long-term standardized systems at low cost.

Latest posts

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What we are trying to achieve

The overall aim of the Forest Carbon Monitoring (FCM) project is to develop remote sensing-based, user-centric approaches for forest carbon monitoring. The project implements remote sensing-based monitoring tools to be used on online platforms. In the main project that ended in July 2023, prototype tools were successfully implemented and their […]

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In the meanwhile…

While waiting for the finalization of the plans for the project extension, we would like to highlight some key developments that took place since the end of the main phase of the Forest Carbon Monitoring (FCM) project. The project was highlighted in several occasions in different types of events and […]

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We are back!

After a longer than expected hiatus, it is now confirmed that we will get a further 18 months of funding from ESA to continue the work on the Forest Carbon Platform development. This allows us to focus on the topics that require further development and demonstrate the functionality of the […]

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