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Integrated Modeling and Assessment of North American Forest Carbon Dynamics and Climate Change Mitigation Options

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2013 - 2014

This project, initiated by the three national forest services of North America, contributed to the development of science-based decision-support models that quantify the impacts of alternative forest and land management options on the carbon balance of North American forests. It also supported the development of land cover and land-cover change products at the continental scale.

Key Accomplishments

  • Advancement of methods for monitoring and reporting forest sector greenhouse gas emissions and removal estimates
  • Development of a set of continental land-cover change products
  • First study to show that increasing the spatial resolution of remote sensing products improves the ability to detect changes in tropical regions where small plots of land undergo change