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Remote sensing for vegetation biomass estimation Workshop 24-26/2 Brisbane

Joint expert workshop on approaches to remote sensing for vegetation biomass estimation

   

Brisbane, Australia.

February 24-26, 2015

with an optional field day, 27 February

 

The workshop will be co-hosted by:

  Download the workshop program (2.5MB)

Background

Vegetation biomass is a crucial ecological variable and an important component of the global carbon budget. Improved understanding of the magnitude, condition, seasonal-, and inter-annual dynamics of global biomass stocks will improve key quantitative assessments of the impacts of natural-, or human-induced alterations of the global carbon cycle. Accurate estimation of standing biomass dynamics across the landscape is also critical for researchers, national governments, NGO’s, regional agencies and the private sector keen to use such data for effective natural resource management, assessment of crop biomass, bio-fuels, bushfire-fuel or pasture biomass for animal feed. 

Many institutions and countries are actively investing in-, and exploring approaches for more operationally integrating conventional ground measurements of biomass, and scaling these to broader regions with the aid of remote-sensing and models. While the choice of methodologies being evaluated at present depends upon a number of factors, including purpose of the data, density of available ground data, allometrics data, access to relevant remote sensing data and technologies, capacities and resources, and the potentials and limitations of various measurements and monitoring approaches, there are so far no widely accepted wide-area biomass measurement methods agreed-upon yet, that provide the necessary cost-effectiveness and routine mapping certainty at “policy and management-relevant” scales, for use by governments, researchers and the private sector at sub-national, national and global scales.

 

Workshop objectives

The main workshop goals are therefore: (1) to discuss science and technical details and showcase current methods for remote sensing-based estimation of vegetation biomass, across multiple land-use types, at sub-national, national and global scales, (2) to evaluate the current levels of uncertainty against conventional in-situ measurements and models, as well as (3) their level of “operational applicability and robustness” for routine use by institutional or governments users.

 

Contacts

For more information about workshop content and schedule, please contact

Christiane Schmullius (GOFC-GOLD/Jena) c.schmullius@uni-jena.de

Ake Rosenqvist (GFOI/SoloEO) ake.rosenqvist@soloEO.com

Alex Held (CSIRO/TERN) Alex.Held@csiro.au

Anthea Mitchell (GFOI/UNSW) a.mitchell@unsw.edu.au

 

For more information about workshop logistics (venue, accommodation), please contact

                  Liz Stower (CSIRO) Liz.Stower@csiro.au