E&E Grad Student Chris Holden to give talk at week long Workshop in Colombia

in 2013, December-13, Graduate students, Meeting, Talks, Trips
December 3rd, 2013

This week, December 2-7, 2013, scientists from across the global will gather together in Bogota and Leticia, Colombia to attend the “9th Regional Workshop on Forest Monitoring GEO GFOI: Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics.” The workshop, sponsored by the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and its partners, will focus on how UN REDD forest conservation efforts can help mitigate climate change.

Department of Earth and Environment Graduate Student Chris Holden will be one of the many scientists presenting research as part of the Workshop. Holden will present his talk titled “Optical and Radar Data Fusion for Mapping Activity Data, and Uncertainty Analysis of Emission Factors in the Tropics.”

In his talk Holden will discuss how he and his fellow scientists are working to develop an algorithm for monitoring land cover and land cover change that fuses radar and optical remote sensing data to mitigate issues of cloud cover while increasing change detection and land cover classification accuracy.

Holden will also discuss how he and colleagues propose to perform uncertainty analysis of forest carbon emissions estimated using all available sources of emissions factors (biomass density) for Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.

Holden’s talk is a product of the proposal and the initial work done on a recently funded NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems (NASA CMS) project, a collaboration with Josef Kellndorfer and others at Woods Hole Research Center.