Monday, August 05, 2013

Carbonised

A team of researchers has used LIDAR, LandSat and MODIS satellite imagery and field data to map the above-ground sequestered carbon for all of Panama (7.5M+ha) at a resolution of 1ha. The method is reportedly faster than traditional approaches and provides error estimates. This approach to quantifying and mapping carbon should be of great interest to those working in forest conservation, carbon sequestration and climate change, and particularly developing countries signed up to UN REDD. In addition to forest plot and LIDAR data, the researchers also had access to topography, rainfall and vegetation datasets to conduct their work.