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Operational mapping system for high-resolution tropical forest carbon emissions

By Arizona State University
Science Daily
December 2, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing a rapid and cost-effective operational carbon monitoring system, making it possible to quantify the economic cost of deforestation as forests are converted from carbon sinks to sources. The study was published in Scientific Reports on November 28th, 2019. Researchers at the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science worked with satellite imagery from Planet Inc., an earth-imaging company based in San Francisco, to develop maps of carbon stocks and emissions for Peru by combining millions of hectares of airborne laser measurements of canopy height with thousands of high resolution Planet Dove satellite images.

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