Category: Pontus Olofsson
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a two-year research grant from the U.S. Forest Service to prototype a system for monitoring of land cover change and carbon emissions and removals for subregion in Colombia. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in Colombia.
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been invited to teach capacity building workshops on forest monitoring in Cameroon and Nepal in June as part of the Technical African Initiative and Technical SE Asia Initiative of GEO/GFOI.
The Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) was established by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to assist countries in the production of reliable, consistent, and comparable reports on change in forest use and associated anthropogenic greenhouse gases emissions or removals. The first regional workshop in SE Asia is planned with an overall aim to support participating countries in the development of a data plan for their country’s needs in the context of UN-REDD+.
Olofsson has been invited to present the GFOI’s “Methods & Guidance” document on the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, to give lectures on time series-based monitoring of land change, and to discuss good practices for area and accuracy estimation of mapped land change.
Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock, Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson, and graduate student Chris Holden are at Woods Hole Research Center this week to participate in the first ever Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Research and Development Expert Workshop on Sensor Interoperability (and sensor complemntarity).
The workshop will be held over a two day period from June 10-11 and will involve presentations, working group discussions, and the development of action plans to aid in future progress on the topics of sensor interoperability and complementarity.
During the workshop, Chris Holden will present research findings developed by the three E&E participants.
Holden is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Woodcock on the topics of land cover change and carbon emissions.
To learn more about the work of Prof. Woodcock and his research group, check out his recent publications and grants; or you can read more departmental news stories on Prof. Woodcock in our News Categories section.
Pontus Olofsson and Curtis Woodcock publish new document for the Global Forest Observations Initiative
Earth & Environment Assistant Research Professor Pontus Olofsson and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock are part of the lead author team behind the newly published “Methods and Guidance Document” from the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI).
The “Methods and Guidance Document” provides methodological advice on the use of remotely sensed data together with the ground-based observations to estimate and report greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with forests in a manner consistent with the greenhouse gas inventory guidance from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The GFOI is “ a voluntary partnership of governments and international organization” that “recogniz[es] that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world” (“about-gfoi“).
To access the document, click here.
To learn more about the work of Professor Woodcock and Asst. Research Professor Olofsson, check out our recent publications section or see other news stories featuring them in our news categories section.
With the funding, Olofsson will use remotely sensed data to estimate carbon emissions and removals in relation to SilvaCarbon’s effort to assist in capacity building efforts in tropical countries.
To learn more about Olofsson’s work, visit his profile page on our website.
To learn more about SilvaCarbon, visit their website.
The paper, “Good practices for estimating area and assessing accuracy of land change,” was published in the 148th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.
For the paper, Olofsson collaborated with a group of fellow scientists, including Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock.
To learn more about publications by Olofsson and Woodcock, check out our publication section.
The article, “Bias in the attribution of forest carbon sinks,” reports that a substantial fraction of the estimated terrestrial carbon sink could be incorrectly attributed to environmental change rather than changes in management practices. The article can be accessed here.
To learn more about Olofsson’s work, visit his profile page.
Scientists and policymakers from across the global will gather together in Chiang Mai, Thailand next week to attend the “First Regional Workshop on Forest Monitoring” as part of the of Technical SE Asia Initiative of GEO/GFOI. The Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) was established by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to assist countries in producing reliable, consistent, and comparable reports on change in forest use and associated anthropogenic greenhouse gases emissions or removals. The first regional workshop in SE Asia is planned with an overall aim to support the development of a data plan to fit the needs of the participating countries in the context of UN-REDD+.
Assistant Research Professor Pontus Olofsson has been invited to present the “Methods & Guidance” document of the GFOI on the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals; he will also give an invited lecture on time series-based monitoring of forest change.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been invited by CONAFOR (Comisión Nacional Forestal — National Forestry Commission of Mexico) to give a talk on good practices for assessing accuracy and estimating area of land cover change. Professor Olofsson’s talk will be held in Mexico on December 5th.