For decades researchers have been developing methods to derive aboveground biomass maps from remote sensing data. As these methods continue to develop, there is more interest in how to use such maps for measuring and estimating carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
While there are few operational products that can be used directly for emissions and removals estimation, the FLINTpro team recognises the potential role these maps can play, especially when integrated with models. Our philosophy is to support the integration of a vast range of different data types to make the task of measuring carbon and greenhouse gases on land easier for everyone.
We have now completed our first configurations that can use biomass maps as a way to set 'initial-conditions' for the aboveground biomass that is present at the start of a FLINTpro simulation. This is coupled with a forest growth model and forest disturbance events to estimate emissions and removals. As these maps progress we hope to add more configurations and link with more models to cover all pools and gases.
For more information get in touch with the FLINTpro team!