The vital role of forests in mitigating climate change was recognized in 2008 by the United Nations in the creation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) program, which seeks to assign a financial value for carbon in forests. Forests were also featured in the landmark Paris climate change agreement.
But without the ability to track large areas of forests, these programs are toothless. Woods Hole Research Center is a global leader in forest monitoring. Using satellite data, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) laser systems, fieldwork, and computer simulations, WHRC scientists track deforestation, as well as forest degradation and reforestation.
Working on a global and regional scale, WHRC produces the monitoring tools and data that allow policy makers to understand the state of their forests and manage their natural resources. We assist community groups, NGOs, and nations to quantify forest carbon stocks and work with REDD countries to create effective, transparent Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M and MRV) systems for their carbon stocks.
Our scientists currently have pan-tropical mapping projects, as well as country mapping projects in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Peru, and community mapping projects on smaller scales.
WHRC has a global and regional forest mapping project across the tropics, as well as country mapping projects in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Peru, and community mapping projects.
Learn more about WHRC’s history of involvement in international climate policy.
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