USGS Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Democratic Republic of CongoEntry ID: USGS_GFOI_Democratic_Republic_of_Congo
Abstract: The Forest Carbon Tracking Task (GEO FCT) has been established to support countries wanting to establish national forest-change, carbon estimation and reporting systems. It will facilitate access to long-term satellite, airborne and in situ data, provide the associated analysis and prediction tools, and create the appropriate framework and technical standards for a global network of national forest carbon tracking systems. The task follows the guidelines set out by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its outputs will be available to support interested countries in their efforts to implement the Convention. The task is being carried out by a partnership of GEO member governments, key UN bodies, space agencies, the science community and the private sector.
Purpose: The GEO Forest Carbon Tracking Task seeks to:
1) Define a set of standards, methods and requirements that future spatially explicit National Forest Monitoring and Carbon Accounting Systems could adopt, to provide the most accurate results relying on the full potential of existing observational and processing capabilities.
2) Coordinate the use of data from current and planned Earth ... observing satellites operated by GEO member countries to provide the technical capability and continuity to support the monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) information required by future regulatory frameworks for the inclusion of forests in post-Kyoto climate agreements.
3) Coordinate the use of in-situ data, models and verification techniques, considered here as essential elements of future MRV systems.
4) Secure time-series of SAR and optical satellite data and analysis tools, integrated with ecosystem models and in-situ data, that can be used interoperably and in complementary ways to support the information needs of MRV systems for FCT.
5) Appropriate international institutional frameworks, and supporting data policies allowing open access and application of the supporting satellite datasets will be essential to secure the sustained supply of information in support of MRV requirements.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: U.S. Geological Survey
Dataset Title: USGS Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Democratic Republic of Congo
Dataset Release Date: 2010
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological SurveyOnline Resource: http://lsiexplorer.cr.usgs.gov
Start Date: 1972-07-27
Latitude Resolution: 30m
Longitude Resolution: 30m
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST MANAGEMENT
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST PROTECTION
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > REFORESTATION
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > FORESTS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > BIOMASS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > CARBON
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > FOREST COMPOSITION/VEGETATION STRUCTURE
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION > DEFORESTATION
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Via Internet
Distribution Size: 200-600 megabytes
Distribution Format: GeoTIFF
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: faundeen at usgs.gov
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City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198
Data available from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-10-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-08-22
Future DIF Review Date: 2014-10-15