At this year’s IUFRO World Congress in Brazil, moja global is giving a presentation on how we support collaboration on open-source software for the land sector (FLINT) to reduce costs and maximize impact.
The land sector is expected to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions reductions and sinks at global, national and local levels. This is also highlighted in the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Policy instruments including Nationally Determined Contributions, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), and carbon markets all require land sector greenhouse gas monitoring systems to advance rapidly if countries are to use the land sector to help meet emission reduction goals.
Improving the spatial and temporal resolution of emissions estimates can inform policy development and verify that emissions mitigation activities are real. Access to remote sensing data that help inform land management has greatly increased in recent years, but the tools to convert such data into emissions and removals estimates are still limited.
The presentation at IUFRO World Congress shows the importance of spatially and temporally resolved emissions estimation methods using the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT). FLINT is an open-source platform developed specifically to take advantage of the fine spatial and dense temporal activity data from remote sensing to produce spatially and temporally resolved emissions and removals estimates.
FLINT is also a modular platform that does not lock users to any specific data product, emissions estimation method or modelling approach. This allows users to start with basic methods such as global emission factors and progress to advanced models and add improved data over time within a single framework. To date, FLINT, combined with scientific modules configured to country-specific needs, has been applied in over 10 countries. It has helped to build an open-source community (moja global) that ensures reduced development costs and long-term benefits for all users.
IUFRO World Congress 2019 started on September 29 and will go on until October 5.
The presentation, A Systems Approach to MRV Integration and Open Source can be viewed here.