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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.

 
Project References
 Name Innovators II - NEA-Forest
 Title Forest Monitoring for Greenhouse Gas Information in Northeastern Asia
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Innovators
Land
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (01/05/2009-31/03/2011)
 Sensors EOS-Aqua : MODIS
ERS-1 : ATSR-1
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
 
Project Description
 Objectives

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.

 
 Results NEA-Forest tool
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor VITO : Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek
 Subcontractors
 
User Partnership
 Users MLAP-ASIA : The Centre for Marginal Land-Affairs for North-eastern Asia
UNEP : United Nations Environment Programme
VITO : VITO
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr. Qinghan Dong
Flemish Institute of Technological Research
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Email: qinghan.dong@vito.be
 Technical Officer 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
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