Asian Surveying & Mapping
Breaking News
Government is working towards harnessing space technology for development – Bawumia
Government will soon pass the Ghana Space Policy to...
Chinese satellite propulsion startup secures funding as country’s constellation projects grow
HELSINKI — A Chinese satellite electric propulsion company has...
Hancom to launch S. Korea’s first private satellite for integrated image analysis service
SEOUL -- South Korea's first private satellite for earth...
Israel to invest NIS 600 million in spacetech R&D
The Israel Space Agency and Innovation Authority want to...
China’s iSpace Suffers Third Consecutive Failure of Hyperbola-1 Rocket
Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for Chinese...
ISRO is planning a mission to capture the effects of space weather events on Earth’s atmosphere.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has proposed a...
Virgin Orbit to launch Japanese satellite
Virgin Orbit will launch a satellite into space for Japanese...
Plans Unveiled To Better Connect Space Industries In Scotland And The UAE
Edinburgh, Dubai - Globally focused strategic space marketing firm...
UAE, Rwanda sign economic and technical cooperation agreement
Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister...
XAG promotes drones in Vietnam to boost rice farming while cutting fertilizer use
CAO LANH, Vietnam - As the monsoon season starts...
IndonesiaREDD

REDD is a method of putting a price-tag on the carbon storage and sequestration services provided by forests. The basic premise of REDD is that without it, a certain amount of carbon dioxide would be emitted due to the loss or degradation of unprotected forests. More recent discussions have broadened the scope of REDD (known as REDD+) to recognize carbon benefits resulting from sustainable forestry.

The researchers built the REDD Calculator in response to a need for a transparent, flexible and easy-to-use way to map, display and assess the impacts of the moratorium. The tool has a web-based interface, and spreadsheet-based functionality, in order to make the tool broadly accessible for policy makers, vested groups, and outside watchdog organizations.

The tool provides the means to evaluate the environmental and socioeconomic implications and tradeoffs of different alternative scenarios for the moratorium in Indonesia’s Kalimantan region. Users can quickly quanity the benefits of moratorium implementation for carbon conservation and its opportunity costs. Central to the application is a mapping function to visualize the outcome of different scenarios.

Data behind the REDD calculator include satellite imagery from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Landsat, Daighi-Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS), forest details from the World Resources Institute, Sekala, and the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia.

The REDD calculator was developed by Lian Pin Koh of ETH Zurich, Holly K. Gibbs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Peter Potapov and Matthew Hansen of South Dakota State University.

The researchers found that a moratorium that included only primary/intact forests would protect ~9.1 million hectares of land across Kalimantan and ~7.1 billion Mg of biomass and peat carbon. In comparison, if secondary forests are additionally included in the moratorium, the total land area under protection would double to ~18.7 million hectares, and a total of ~9.7 billion Mg of biomass and peat carbon would be protected.