Interactive web app lets users map forest carbon emissions activities

An online mapping tool can be used to develop emission factors and activity data to help countries do their own inventories with better estimates,” says Daniel Murdiyarso, a principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture credit: CIFOR/graphic

An online mapping tool can be used to develop emission factors and activity data to help countries do their own inventories with better estimates,” says Daniel Murdiyarso, a principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture credit: CIFOR/graphic

A new online portal for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) carbon emissions allows researchers and practitioners to better manage forest inventories, its creators say.

The Forest Carbon Database (FCDB) can be used to share measurements of carbon pools — reservoirs with the capacity to store and release carbon, the chemical basis of all known life and climate warming gases.

Originally designed as part of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), a collaborative effort between the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the interactive tool has been updated to include the capacity to help develop national and sub-national — or regional — emissions monitoring activities.

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