2022 Activities

Google Earth Engine Workshop for the National University of Asunción Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
July 4, 2022: Asunción, Paraguay

SilvaCarbon, in collaboration with Google Earth Engine (GEE), organized this past July 4th a one-day training on the GEE platform where female students from the National University of Asunción from Geography and other related careers were invited to participate. GEE is a web-based platform that combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with analytics capabilities, enabling analysis of large volumes of data. This training provided a brief overview of the main options for interacting with this platform, including the Code Editor, a web-based IDE for writing and running scripts, and Explorer, a lightweight web application for exploring data catalogs and running simple analyses. Satellite imagery analysis were done during the training, creating cloudless mosaics and plotting time series data. During this workshop students became familiar with Earth Engine Geospatial Objects and their associated functions: images and collections of images, features and collections of features, and geometries. They improved the capacity of remote sensing data: analysis and mapping using GEE. Assisted participants in exploring GEE functions and tools for their work in forest cover mapping and monitoring and other applications and ultimately processed large files of satellite images and perform simple analyses.

SilvaCarbon/CEOS Regional Workshop - Biomass Measurements
June 27 - July 2, 2022: Asunción, Paraguay

The SilvaCarbon program and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) co-organized a regional workshop to bring together i) national land monitoring experts and GHG inventory analysts from Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Guatemala; ii) global land monitoring experts from the CEOS group; and iii) LULUCF experts nominated in the UNFCCC roster by their governments or contributors to the 2019 refinement of the IPCC guidelines. Participants discussed the new capabilities for measuring biomass from space and how they can be integrated with plot data to improve NFIs and GHG inventories following IPCC guidance. The workshop included a 1-day field trip to a forest plot to validate a model to map biomass combining GEDI and plot data that has been tested by INFONA and the US Forest Service.

Remote Sensing Tools and Technical Assistance Webinar
June 14, 2022: Latin America and the Caribbean Region

One of the areas affected by the pandemic has undoubtedly been the in-person education. Therefore, institutions have sought to implement new forms of online teaching and e-learning to avoid a lapse in capacity transfer by the inability to teach in person. As a result, many online courses were developed and delivered using recently created digital platforms, both public and private. The new modalities of online teaching occurred in all disciplines, including the forestry and land monitoring area. Different partners and experts begin to generate technical assistance content for the countries in measurement, reporting, and verification of emissions (MRV). At first, participating in these online assistances was manageable. Still, as time passed and the creators became more skilled every day, the selection of online seminars became quite overwhelming for the participants.

SilvaCarbon, in collaboration with FAO and GFOI and other partners such as the World Bank, etc., recognized the opportunity that comes from having these significant amounts of technical assistance resources that exist in the cloud and that could be organized in a way that countries can find access and act. The first version for this webinar was delivered to the LAC region this past June.

Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring Research, Tools, and Methods Workshop
April 19 - 22, 2022: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

The SilvaCarbon Program supported a series of universities to implement, together with selected Silvacarbon countries, emerging tools, and methods for measuring and monitoring forest carbon. These techniques and methods cover an array of critical issues in forest carbon monitoring, including detecting forest degradation – a key challenge for many countries – using remote sensing applications, ground monitoring applications, and a combination of data sources. This meeting aims to update SilvaCarbon's Latin American countries on the current research development including challenges and diversions during the pandemic. The meeting intended to foster learning and collaboration through presentations and focused discussions. It also aimed to identify priorities for potential future research and develop an action plan to improve the current methods and techniques deployed during the pandemic.

Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring Research, Tools and Methods Workshop
February 14 - 16, 2022: University of Maryland, USA

The SilvaCarbon Program supported a series of Universities to implement, together with selected SilvaCarbon countries, emerging tools, and methods for measuring and monitoring forest carbon. These techniques and methods cover an array of critical issues in forest carbon monitoring, including detecting forest degradation (a key challenge for many countries), using remote sensing applications, ground monitoring applications, and a combination of data sources. This meeting aims to update SilvaCarbon's primary partners (USAID, USFS, USAID, State Department, World Bank) on current research development, including challenges and diversions during the pandemic.