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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

The project

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 will develop and implement a prototype of a reliable and cost-efficient monitoring and accounting platform for 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.

Timeline

Latest posts

Biomass maps of Europe

Demonstration products are emerging

Yet another major milestone in the Forest Carbon Monitoring project has been achieved, with the processing of the output products for the original seven demonstrations finished. We are proud to be able to share some highlights of the demonstration products here, although the work with the demonstrations will still continue […]

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1569843222002904

Using a global biomass map to assess the precision of Above Ground Biomass (AGB) estimates within the Peruvian Amazonia

Country case studies linking the information from a national network of forest inventories and satellite data are needed to gain experience and build confidence on how forest-related greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting can benefit from evolving space-based biomass products. In the Forest Carbon Monitoring project, we had the opportunity […]

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