Category: Pontus Olofsson
Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke with Science Magazine about a move in the U.S. House of Representatives to restore funding to a small NASA climate research program. The amendment is in support of the work done by NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System. “[W]e need a research program that investigates the use of all the data and tools we now have at our disposal for the how to study, understand and mitigate carbon emissions,” Olofsson told the outlet. “NASA CMS is such a research program and it’s essential that the program will be allowed to continue its work.” Click to follow the full coverage.
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Pontus Olofsson receives funding from the USGS and USAID to support international capacity building efforts
Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has received a grant from the USGS and USAID to support SilvaCarbon capacity building efforts in developing countries aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation within the REDD+/UNFCCC framework. The grant ensures Olofsson’s support to SilvaCarbon partner countries over the next two years.
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Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze the land change patterns and terrestrial carbon dynamics of the country of Georgia over the last 30 years. The study has a strong social science component and includes analyses of impacts of shifting policies, globalization, and of the economic and political turmoil of modern Georgia.
This summer research associate professor Pontus Olofsson conducted workshops for Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The instruction was in support of Vietnam’s REED+ reporting in coordination with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; it focused on estimating deforestation and greenhouse gas inventory.
Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research.
Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, “These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better … It would be devastating not only for us but also these partner countries.” Click here to read the full article.
The Landsat Science Team will meet at Boston University from January 10-12. The meeting is hosted
by Professors Woodcock, Friedl, and Olofsson and will focus on many issues related to the Landsat Program, including:
- Identify priorities for future Landsat measurements and technologies
- Review status of Landsat 9 development
- Review plans and status of USGS Landsat product initiatives – collections and analysis-ready data
The meeting will also include an opportunity for many of the Department’s students and researchers to present their work that is relevant to the Landsat Program.
Of the most cited articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment since 2012, Earth & Environment professor Curtis Woodcock is a co-author of six articles, associate research professor Pontus Olofsson is the lead author of two, and Zhe Zhu (former student and postdoc of Dr. Woodcock) is the lead author of two, including the most cited article.
Pontus Olofsson is teaching a capacity building workshop organized by NASA and GOFC-GOLD at Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). The 40 workshop participants are members of the GOFC-GOLD Southeast Asian regional network and the workshop is focused on the use of open-source software for satellite-based monitoring of land change.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson is teaching a week-long workshop at the National University of Laos on how to achieve IPCC-compliant estimates of deforestation. The workshop is part of the SilvaCarbon capacity building program of the U.S. Government which aims to enhance capacity worldwide in monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon.