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Project Title:Prototyping MRV Systems Based on Systematic and Spatial Estimates of Carbon Stock and Stock Changes of Forestlands

Science Team

Sassan Saatchi, CALTECH/JPL (Project Lead)
Sangram Ganguly, NASA ARC BAERI
Nancy Harris, Global Forest Watch
Ramakrishna (Rama) Nemani, NASA ARC

Project Duration: 2012 - 2014
Solicitation:NASA: Carbon Monitoring System (2011)
Precursor Projects: Masek-Nemani-Saatchi-Tucker-01  
Successor Projects: Saatchi-03  
Abstract: Under phase I of the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Biomass Pilot Project, we developed a map of aboveground carbon stocks at 100-m spatial resolution using a combination of remote sensing products combined with ground inventory data. In phase II, we propose to build upon phase I by developing similar spatial products for carbon stocks in all pools ... [more]
Measurement Approaches:
  • Remote Sensing
  • In Situ Measurements
  • Modeling
  • Land Biomass
  • Land-Atmosphere Flux
  • MRV
Other Keywords:  Forest Biomass, Biomass Change, Carbon Pools, GHG, MRV


Richard Birdsey, WHRC
Sandra Brown, Winrock International
Andrew (Andy) Finley, Michigan State University
Alexander Fore, JPL
Sangram Ganguly, NASA ARC BAERI
Stephen (Steve) Hagen, Applied Geosolutions
Nancy Harris, Global Forest Watch
Kristofer (Kris) Johnson, USDA Forest Service
Ramakrishna (Rama) Nemani, NASA ARC
Sassan Saatchi, CALTECH/JPL
Christopher (Chris) Woodall, USDA Forest Service
Yifan Yu, California Institute of Technology

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Product Title:  Disturbance layers (time since disturbance, recovery rate, disturbance severity)
Spatial Extent:  CONUS and Alaska
Spatial Resolution:  Updates forthcoming
Time Period:  Updates forthcoming
Temporal Frequency:  Updates forthcoming
Status:  In-Progress

Product Title:  Maps of all forest carbon stocks (aboveground biomass, belowground biomass, coarse woody debris, forest floor, and soil)
Spatial Extent:  CONUS (all carbon pools) and Alaska (only AGB and BGB)
Spatial Resolution:  100-m resolution and county level
Time Period:  2005-2010
Temporal Frequency:  Annual
Status:  Archived

Product Title:  Maps of net carbon stock changes (fluxes).
Spatial Extent:  CONUS and Alaska
Spatial Resolution:  100 m
Time Period:  2000-2010
Temporal Frequency:  2000-2005, 2005-2010
Status:  Archived

Publications: Zhang, G., Ganguly, S., Nemani, R. R., White, M. A., Milesi, C., Hashimoto, H., Wang, W., Saatchi, S., Yu, Y., Myneni, R. B. 2014. Estimation of forest aboveground biomass in California using canopy height and leaf area index estimated from satellite data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 151, 44-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.01.025

Junttila, V., Finley, A. O., Bradford, J. B., Kauranne, T. 2013. Strategies for minimizing sample size for use in airborne LiDAR-based forest inventory. Forest Ecology and Management. 292, 75-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.12.019

Babcock, C., Matney, J., Finley, A. O., Weiskittel, A., Cook, B. D. 2013. Multivariate Spatial Regression Models for Predicting Individual Tree Structure Variables Using LiDAR Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 6(1), 6-14. DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2215582

Finley, A. O., Banerjee, S., Cook, B. D., Bradford, J. B. 2013. Hierarchical Bayesian spatial models for predicting multiple forest variables using waveform LiDAR, hyperspectral imagery, and large inventory datasets. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 22, 147-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2012.04.007

Guhaniyogi, R., Finley, A. O., Banerjee, S., Kobe, R. K. 2013. Modeling Complex Spatial Dependencies: Low-Rank Spatially Varying Cross-Covariances With Application to Soil Nutrient Data. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 18(3), 274-298. DOI: 10.1007/s13253-013-0140-3

2015 NASA Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Joint Science Workshop Poster(s)
  • The New Forest Carbon Accounting Framework of the US and NASA Carbon Cycle Science: Identifying Concomitant Knowledge Gaps and Research Opportunities   --   (Sean P Healey, Christopher W. Woodall, Grant M Domke, John Coulston, Brian F Walters, James A Smith, Andy Gray)   [abstract]
4th NACP All-Investigators Meeting Posters (2013):
  • Estimation of Aboveground Biomass at a High Spatial Resolution Using an Extensive Data Record of Satellite Derived Metrics: A Case Study with California -- (Sangram Ganguly, Gong Zhang, Ramakrishna R. Nemani, Sassan Saatchi, Cristina Milesi, Michael White, Yifan Yu, Alexander Fore, Weile Wang, Petr Votava, Ranga B. Myneni) [abstract]
  • Decision Support and Robust Estimation of Uncertainty in Carbon Stocks and Fluxes -- (Stephen Hagen, Nancy Harris, Sassan Saatchi, William A. Salas, Sangram Ganguly, Christopher W. Woodall) [abstract]   [poster]

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