Articles tagged as: Science and Technology Review

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Remote Sensing: A Primer

February 11, 2013

Nearly all types of environmental finance – whether mitigation banking, payments for watershed services, or REDD – involve some form of remote sensing. But this catch-all phrase encompasses scores of practices using radar, lidar, and infrared technology from satellites, airplanes, and blimps. Here's how they all fit together.

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How Two Different Studies Found Consensus On Emissions From Tropical Deforestation

January 22, 2013

When researchers from two separate institutions measured carbon emissions from deforestation using different techniques, they came to the same number: 3.0 gigatons per year from 2000 through 2005. This could help end a long-standing debate and give policymakers the clear benchmark they need for establishing future targets....

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We Must Embrace Technology If The Private Sector Is To Embrace REDD

October 10, 2012

The REDD financing mechanism aims to leverage private-sector funding for the conservation and sustainable management of tropical rainforests, but it won’t achieve meaningful scale unless it becomes simpler and more reliable.  Technological advancements in remote sensing and geographic information systems are now advanced enough to help.

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Why Saving Marshes Might Save Civilization

August 8, 2012

Although scientists know the thick ecosystems found near ocean shores store carbon for a millennium, blue carbon’s importance has still gone mostly unrecognized. Now, one scientist closely observes the state of blue carbon in BC weighing in on what we know about it and ways to go about protecting it. This article was originally published by The Tyee.

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To Scale Up, REDD Must Embrace Satelite Technology

July 16, 2012

The world has agreed that tropical rainforests need protection, so the multi-billion dollar REDD+ program is on its way. The challenge is its practical implementation. DMCii’s Prof. Jim Lynch explains why satellite surveying could do for the 21st century carbon trading economy what seismic surveys did for 20th century oil and gas.

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Ghana Measures Forests from Sky and Land

December 6, 2011

Cash-strapped countries hope to earn carbon credits for saving their rainforests, but many fear their gains will be wiped out by the high cost of documenting the carbon they capture in trees. Ghana hopes to change that by blending satellite technology with ground-truthing in a way that they say is both cheap and effective....

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Up in Smoke: Can Carbon Markets Help Reduce Forest Fires?

May 31, 2011

Wildfires in the US are growing larger and more severe — a trend expected to worsen with climate change. Top forest managers see getting ahead of the wildfire curve as the best solution, deploying preventative treatments to remove potential fuels before a fire occurs. Doing so isn’t cheap, however, and many policymakers and forest managers...

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Tropical forest carbon assessment: integrating satellite and airborne mapping approaches

September 7, 2009

The author presents an integrated satellite–airborne mapping approach that supports high-resolution carbon stock assessment and monitoring in tropical forest regions....

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Technology Update

August 6, 2009

The use of remote sensing technology will be instrumental in effectively measuring and monitoring changes in emissions from land use and forestry. The following is an update of the latest remote sensing technologies that can be used to track and monitor terrestrial carbon today.  ...

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