SERVIR Southeast Asia Hosts Regional Training on Biomass and Carbon Emission Estimation in Support of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

Held in Bangkok, Thailand, the week of 8/14/23,  Katie Walker and Christine Evans of the SERVIR Science Coordination Office supported NASA's Applied Science Team (AST) Principal Investigator Robert Kennedy and Oregon State University graduate student McKenzie Sime in a regional training focused around land cover change and biomass mapping. The training scope covered new techniques and remote sensing datasets used to estimate national level carbon emissions, including NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) aboveground biomass estimates, and land change detection algorithms: LandTrendr and Continuous Change Detection and Classification – Spectral Mixture Analysis (CCDC-SMA).

This was also the first training in AST Kennedy’s project “Harmonizing for carbon: scalable Earth-Observation frameworks to facilitate REDD+ objectives in the Lower Mekong Basin”, allowing for discussion on project framework with local end users. In addition, Evans, through the ongoing SERVIR CArbon Pilot (S-CAP) activity, demonstrated how remote sensing datasets could be integrated into ongoing work to estimate greenhouse gas emissions. She also demonstrated preliminary estimates for forest carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions from land cover change for the SERVIR Southeast Asia countries. Attendees joined from countries across the region, including Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines and represented agencies focused on conservation, national forestry, and natural resources agencies.

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