Monitoring the lungs of the world from space – what satellites reveal about carbon storage in the forests of the Earth

Trees are a key nature-based mechanism for delivering on Net Zero commitments to meet the 1.5°C global warming target in the Paris Agreement. The role of forests and trees is vital because of their moderating influence globally on carbon, their impact nationally for carbon accounting and locally for people’s livelihoods. We have choices that can make a difference but these need to be informed by the right observations and by the latest understandings of nature.

Speakers at this event are experts on global and national forest carbon inventories, Earth observations from space and value for net zero. They will:

  • Explain how trees and forests make a difference to carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
  • Show how exciting new measurements from satellites inform our knowledge of the carbon content of forests and trees.
  • Showcase the global status of forests and highlight examples of greenhouse gas removal in sustainable forest/tree developments.
  • Provide a scientific basis for climate action and verifiable greenhouse gas removal through carbon stock increases in forests and trees.
  • Bring the audience up-to-date on real world uses of satellite carbon data and plans to utilise this information for a low carbon future.

Speakers (in order of appearance):

John Remedios, Director of National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), University of Leicester, UK
Frank Martin Seifert, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA – European Space Agency, Italy
Paul Palmer, NCEO – University of Edinburgh, UK
Martin Herold, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Mathias Disney, NCEO – University College London, UK
Shaun Quegan, NCEO – University of Sheffield, UK
Laura Duncanson, University of Maryland, USA
Laurent Durieux, SDG Coordinator at Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland
Sylvia Wilson, US Geological Survey
Joana B. Melo, University of Sheffield, UK / Guinea Bissau