CarboEurope-IP aims to understand and quantify the present terrestrial carbon balance of Europe and the associated uncertainty at local, regional and continental scale.
To advance our understanding in a multidisciplinary and integrated way, 61 research centres from 17 European countries have joined forces for this 5-year EU-funded research project.
The Institute of Digital Image Processing of Joanneum Research contributes within the consortium to the quantification of carbon stocks of European forests by means of satellite remote sensing methods, specifically for:
Estimation of above ground tree carbon stocks for selected test areas. For this task, sample based data from national forest inventories are combined with high resolution satellite remote sensing imagery (Spot, Landsat). The results are full area covering forest C-stock estimates for selected test sites. These results, as well as classification results achieved within the project CarboInvent (www.carboeurope.org ) are used for comparison of different estimation methods and as reference data for the large area assessment method described below. Large area assessment of above ground tree carbon stocks with spatial resolution of 10km by 10km. To understand and quantify the terrestrial carbon balance, an improvement of the spatial resolution of already available tree carbon stock data at the regional level is required. Medium resolution satellite data (e.g. MODIS, MERIS) are therefore used to estimate the distribution of tree carbon stocks within a 10km by 10km Raster. The results achieved in above described task (task a, for selected test sites) are used as reference data for this approach, which delivers estimates for large regions (full aerial coverage of selected countries).