PFC Carbon Monitoring Systems RJVA

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: L. Monika Moskal
Project Description
The development of robust MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) systems for assessing forest carbon status and dynamics are an important element for ensuring that UN member countries meet their commitments under REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs. The US, while not a REDD country, is a party to the UNFCCC and has a need for similar National Greenhouse Gas Inventory baseline information. This work will support the development and implementation of a carbon monitoring program across several different study sites distributed throughout the United States (Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, South Carolina, Maine). This research agreement will support the development of an optimal sampling design for carbon monitoring using a combination of specialized field plots, airborne lidar sampling, and Landsat time series data, as well as the analysis of this and other similar data to meet the goals of NGHGI inventory and, more broadly, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.