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New York Forest Carbon Assessment

Speaker: Dr. Colin Beier, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

The New York Forest Carbon Assessment project developed a leading-edge system for mapping and monitoring carbon stocks over time, estimating stock-changes at variable spatial and temporal scales, and translating stock-change maps into IPCC-compliant carbon accounting (GHG inventory).

Map-based estimates of trends in carbon stocks provide estimates of net sequestration and emissions using an accounting workflow that also incorporates past and projected future land use change. The ability to geographically summarize and analyze these map products for any area of interest within New York state, such as by individual parcels or administrative units, undergirds a forest carbon assessment framework with versatile end-uses and decision-support applications.