This solution utilises Sentinel-2 data to monitor, measure, and verify carbon storage in forests at a low cost. It quantifies above-ground biomass and estimates carbon sequestration based on drone and in-situ field measurements. This makes it possible to verify and calibrate the carbon storage of forests while enhancing related satellitebased estimates. Furthermore, partnerships are being developed with local communities and non-profit organisations across Malawi to incorporate them into tree maintenance and field data collection processes. Online GIS platforms are also being provided for field data collection and the communication of the results. The revenue generated from carbon storage verification for clients will then be used to compensate local community members. Meanwhile, the team behind this solution is developing training programmes for local community members to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for this project. This will allow local communities in Africa to participate in the global carbon trade while promoting transparency in carbon monitoring, helping address climate change by expanding reforestation, and promoting sustainable development.
“The idea of using Copernicus sensors to assess and verify the presence of carbon dioxide in forested areas in Malawi has convinced us with these three winning elements: it makes it possible to precisely quantify the vast CO2 reservoir stocked in forest canopies, it will permit public and private forest owners on the African continent to finally access the global carbon markets and it contributes towards mitigating climate change.”
Dr Thomas Beer, Space Consultant, former ESA EO staff
St Cloud State University & Nyasa Aerial Data Solutions
Patrick Kalonde, Regeza Kamunga, Alick Chisale Austin, Treaser Mandevu, Fred Sajiwa, Tadala Makuluni, Dr Suresh Muthukrishnan