The voluntary carbon market offers the opportunity for companies and individuals to offset unavoidable emissions by purchasing carbon credits and thereby contribute to the fight against climate change. Forests, which are one of the most effective carbon sinks, are already in great danger due to climate-changeinduced threats such as storms, droughts, and beetle infestations. Getting certified to sell carbon credits, however, is an expensive and lengthy process that requires expert guidance, which prevents forest owners from participating in this market. Pina uses AI models based on LiDAR and hyperspectral data in combination with the Copernicus Climate Change and Land Monitoring Services, Sentinel-2, and VHR1/2 to quantify and reward forest carbon capture. It detects forests at risk due to climate change, simulates the carbon storage benefits of forest restructuring, and precisely measures and monitors forest carbon stocks. Pina thus digitalises and automates the formerly manual process of forest carbon project certification to reduce the time and costs involved.

Dr Gesa Biermann, Florian Fincke, Jonas Kerber