World Forest Maps Aim to Help REDD Carbon Trading

by Matt Ball on February 28, 2008

There’s great hope among policy makers, conservationists and scientists that the UN and World Bank-backed mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) will bring funds to tropical countries and preserve rainforests while helping the local populations dig out of poverty. A barrier to this initiative to date has been the lack of maps and forestry assessments in order to set a baseline for deforestation rates.

Now the Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) is poised to help, with three sensors: an optical sensor, a multi-spectral sensor with visible and infrared bands; a stereo mapper for generation of high resolution elevation models and topographic information. This new sensor is able to cut through the ever-present clouds in rainforests to assess forest cover and establish a baseline for REDD.

Read more, including an interview with Josef Kellndorfer, in a story on Mongabay.

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