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Summary of Proposal LAN0743

TitleGEO Forest Carbon Tracking product development for Validation Sites in Guyana and Borneo
Investigator Hoekman, Dirk - Wageningen University, Environmental Sciences
Team Member
Ir Verhoeven, Rob - SarVision, N/A
Dr. ir. Hoekmann, Dirk - Associate Professor Remote Sensing, Department of Environmental Sciences
Ir Vissers, Martin - SarVision, N/A
SummaryThe main goal of the GEO FCT task is to support countries on the path towards the establishment of sovereign national Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems, and the formation of a global network of MRV systems that comply with UNFCCC and IPCC guidelines. Such a global network of national MRV systems would operate under internationally agreed standards and transparency, to assist in verification national-level reporting, and to address the concerns of policymakers (Baker et. al, 2010, in press). This will be achieved via eight main actions: 1- Obtain a commitment from CEOS member space agencies to provide continuous optical and radar satellite data, and the tools and training suitable for wall-to-wall forest monitoring carbon tracking. 2- Guide countries on existing and evolving methods for satellite data processing and tools and common approaches for producing verified forest information products, such as annual mid-resolution wall-to-wall time series for forest change assessments. 3- Develop guidance documents for ground measurements that link forest inventories, remote-sensing data and carbon estimation tools and models. 4- Evaluate and agree on validation procedures and accuracy assessment for the remote sensing of forested areas and for carbon stock estimates. 5- Establish a growing network of ‘National Demonstrator’ (ND) countries, starting in three major tropical forest regions: Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. 6- Raise awareness of progress and demonstrations as inputs to UNFCCC and other major international events, making clear the policy implications of the new technical capabilities. 7- Create a coordinated network of processing support facilities that will ensure established guidelines are used, and that countries are supported with the processing of key data products. 8- Based on the successful implementation, demonstration and political acceptance of the system, assign operational responsibility for its coordination and operation to an appropriate international body or agency.

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