Comparing Global Carbon Maps


I’ve been interested for a while now in comparing the many different regional and global maps of terrestrial forest carbon. Many of these maps have been produced recently, covering wide areas and making bold claims about their accuracy. They promise carbon forestry projects and countries a first estimate of their vegetation carbon stocks, which along with predicted deforestation rates allows them to estimate their potential income from a REDD+ project (though see this post for an update on the stalled international REDD+ process).

In partnership with Ecometrica I have produced an interactive website to compare these carbon maps. You can access the site here, read an article I’ve written about the new site for Ecometrica here, and access a website describing the site here.


As you can see, though in many areas the two maps agree, in some areas there are large disagreements. Ecometrica’s innovative Our Ecosystem

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