Forest Management Companies
Forest owners and managers use remotely sensed forest information as the basis for their sustainable forest management to optimise and reduce carbon emissions. With the Forest Carbon Monitoring platform, companies will be able to access and visualise information that previously was difficult, more accurately and frequently and in high spatial resolution. This will support forest management as well as reporting requirements.
Regional and National Administrators
Satellite image-based biomass and carbon monitoring can improve the stratification of field-based inventories and increase data in under-sampled or inaccessible areas. It can also provide local estimates of biomass and enable timely change monitoring, which can serve as basis for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) for certification of sustainable forest management, or carbon emissions reduction and compensation activities.
Intergovernmental, non-governmental and other international organisations and communities interested in consistent forest monitoring data over large geographical areas will be able to gather data to support policy definition, evaluation and research purposes.
Organisations Involved in Carbon Trading
Organisations will be fortified by accurate and timely tools that help verify the effectiveness of carbon mitigation versus baseline. For carbon credit trading, the Forest Carbon Monitoring platform can incorporate the services in carbon footprint calculations or/and use the information for verification and accountability probes.
Society at large
With the Forest Carbon Monitoring platform, entities have access to large-scale forest carbon monitoring, e.g., local, regional, national and global. The availability of data on forest biomass and development in a more accurate, frequent, and multiple levels will help mitigate deforestation, forest degradation, and inappropriate land use.
The Forest Carbon Monitoring core team has been ideating different approaches for possible uses of forest carbon estimates, reflecting on how the methods and technologies developed in this project could fit into future services. The team performed several interviews on customer understanding and concept validation to better understand the carbon data service possibilities.
The findings show that carbon data could be used in various ways and through different service paths. Such services would make accurate data and estimations available to organisations, empowering them to better perform their current work and effectively contribute to climate change mitigation.
Below are some examples of potential future user journeys and flows that could be built on the approaches that are developed in this project:
Even though this project concentrates on the scientific and technical development of the underlying processes and we are not building user interfaces for the type of services envisioned above, thinking about possible future services is helping to define better and prioritise the groundwork of this project. Once the interfaces are considered, user flows through the system can be made easier with automation and interaction design. In addition, further studies on service models could lead to new use cases; for example, negotiations with regulatory entities could provide compliance services with regulatory frameworks or standard calculations addressing specific reporting or certification purposes.