Australia uses IFCI to lead developing countries toward reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. We are developing a Global Carbon Monitoring System (GCMS) that can measure rates of deforestation and forest degradation by Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV) emissions of greenhouse gases due to these activities.
The GCMS will form a global network of compatible national forest monitoring and reporting systems that meet national reporting requirements, and can potentially be linked to support domestic and international carbon trading initiatives. Through IFCI, the Australian Government is providing expert advice and assistance to developing countries on MRV issues. CRCSI helps to pool and coordinate the body of expertise in Australia to support this training.
We are progressing this objective through
- Secure unencumbered access to adequate and cost-effective satellite data
- Interoperability of earth observation satellite sensor technologies
- Accepted accuracy assessments of remote sensing and ground monitoring products
- Linked remote sensing and ground forest data and models to provide emissions estimating tools
Prof Kim Lowell
Science Director P4.1, Project Leader P4.15