About this Project

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2011-2012

Understanding how carbon storage varies across a landscape and how much change there has been in land cover and land use over time helps scientists and policy makers develop effective, science based initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Because North America’s landscapes span national boundaries, international cooperation to ensure consistent reporting on carbon sources and storage is crucial. This project will bring together experts who map land cover and land cover change to solidify a North American approach to measure and track those changes over time. The project will use satellite images to develop spatially and temporally consistent information for assessing land cover and land cover change. It will also bring together experts to help report on the amount of carbon stored in ecosystems, and changes associated with that, using publically available maps and data.