Development of a Prototype MRV System to Support Local Climate Action and Carbon Ecomarket Infrastructure in Sonoma County (2013-2017)
The overall goal of this project is the continuing development of a prototype Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), remote sensing and analysis capabilities to support land conservation related to climate goals as well as ecomarket infrastructure in Sonoma County, California. Building on our East Coast county-level work as part of Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) I and CMS II, we seek to address the following questions: - What accuracies are achievable using predominantly COTS-based approaches to high-resolution MRV for forest carbon? - What is the 'price-of-precision' for MRV systems and how does this vary as a function of sample design, ground data, remote sensing data acquisition and analysis costs? - How can stakeholder needs and requirements be integrated during the creation and implementation of MRV systems to provide effective decision support and compliance capabilities, and with better-informed policy decisions? Can a cloud-based architecture be used to facilitate the initiation and use of MRV systems to enable their implementation domestically and abroad?
Learn more about our research. (Click on Image)
- Read about forest conservation, carbon sequestration and climate initiatives in Sonoma County
- Learn about forest carbon monitoring using LiDAR* Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Modeling.
- Get an introduction to the MRV platform and view case studies for seven protected forests. * More on LiDAR: Light Detection And Ranging, sometimes Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging (LiDAR)
Access the prototype MRV implementation for Sonoma County. (Click on Image)