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Innovators II - NEA-Forest

Forest Monitoring for Greenhouse Gas Information in Northeastern Asia

Boreal forests, one of the largest ecosystems on earth, are considered as a key regulator element in the overall equations to mitigate the effect of man-made carbon emissions. In fact, recent studies showed that the risk of fires in the boreal forests of the north had increased in recent years because of climate change and fire became a more important driver of the carbon balance than climate was in the last 50 years.

Innovators II - NEA-Forest
Forest Monitoring for Greenhouse Gas Information in Northeastern Asia
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€100k
Service Demonstration
Completed
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
ERS-1 : ATSR-1
EOS-Aqua : MODIS

The objective of this study is to implement a service to monitor the growth state and anomalies (including fires) of these forests in North-eastern Asia, a region where two thirds of the global boreal forest can be found. The service consists of a web- based application capable of updating the state of the forest and the extent of forest fires through the variables such as Net Primary Productivity (NPP), NPP anomalies, burnt areas, and burnt areas history. To this end, the proposed service uses the DUE GlobCarbon and the GlobCover datasets.

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek
UNEP
MLAP-ASIA
VITO
Dr. Qinghan Dong
Flemish Institute of Technological Research
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Email: qinghan.dong@vito.be
Dr. Bojan Bojkov
European Space Agency/ESRIN
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel.: +39 06-941.80543
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: bojan.bojkov@esa.int