Ashleigh Parsons explains what they are doing, and importantly how their work aims to dramatically improve the understanding of the contribution rainforests make in battling climate change...
On the first leg of our research programme here in Gabon, we’re tackling a specific challenge. You see, today, there’s a big problem with the way that carbon stocks in forests are calculated – and it begins with the measurement.
Using the current methods, tree mass is estimated by simply measuring the height of a tree and the circumference of its trunk. But in reality, a tree’s mass (and its ability to store carbon) varies significantly based on the size and structure of its complex branch networks. In fact, the standard methods can have a huge margin of error, upwards of 40%.
Armed with state-of-the-art lidar instruments, we’re scanning over 30 hectares of forest in millimeter-accurate, 3D detail, right down to the architecture of even the smallest branches and twigs.
This enables us to build substantially more accurate datasets which then feed the machine learning models we use to assess the carbon performance of nature-based offset projects.
And why is this important?
Well if we’re all able to better understand the biomass of a project through our cutting edge tech, we can give everyone in the marketplace - from project developers to governments, communities, investors, marketplaces, and buyers - much greater confidence in the quality of the projects they’re supporting.
And with that confidence, we hope to drive even more focus on protecting these immensely valuable forests.
Thanks go to the UK Government, UKRI and InnovateUK for financial support of this vital work.
Sylvera, the leading provider of ratings data on nature-based carbon offset projects, has partnered with Xpansiv market CBL, the world’s largest spot exchange for carbon offsets, to provide ratings that enable market participants to factor deeper data in their pricing and selection decisions.
As the world prepares for a fortnight of discussion, debate and policy negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow next month, one fact is beyond dispute: The preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems is essential in order to achieve Net Zero.
Sylvera is working hard to dramatically improve the understanding of the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests. Now back in the UK, our research team is test driving ground-breaking ways to collect data before heading to South America for the next leg of the programme.
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