Use GIS for a Science-Based Approach to Carbon Sequestration Assessment

Allowing the earth’s forests to thrive and do their job of carbon sequestration is essential to reducing the threat of climate change. Technology offers hope to the greenhouse phenomenon caused by industrial society. One such technology is ESRI’s ArcGIS, which offers scientists, decision makers, and policy implementers a critical tool for obtaining and using information they need for healing our planet. GIS allows temporal climate data to be visualized, contrasted, and forecasted. Use it to study current land use, land-use change, and what-if scenarios for responsible planning.

Turn to ArcGIS for
Robust imagery management—Handle hundreds or thousands of files. Publish image services that you get directly from your source imagery. Fast access functionality quickens imagery data retrieval and lowers bandwidth requirements.
Geospatial metadata—Document how, when, where, and by whom the data was collected; information on its availability and distribution; its projection, scale, resolution, and accuracy; and its reliability.
Multiple imagery management—Use robust imagery capability formats; projections; and resolution from multiple sources, such as ground truthing data, for assessment that goes beyond satellite imagery.
Integration—Use many management systems to broaden analysis solutions.
Spatial modeling and analysis—Analyze cell-based raster data, perform integrated raster/vector analysis, derive new information from existing data, query information across multiple data layers, and fully integrate raster data with traditional vector data sources.
Spatial data exploration using sophisticated statistical methods—Create a surface from limited data measurements in situations in which extensive data collection is impractical or impossible.
Infrastructure that supports sharing—Share data across disciplinary boundaries that span the environmental and socialscience fields. Better analyze the crosssector studies of a symbiotic relationship between climate change, sustainable development, and the conservation of natural resources.

The robust functionalities provided by ArcGIS help scientists gain a better understanding of the structure and content of geographic information and ensure proper model specification and validation. ArcGIS also provides governments with methodologies to make decisions and employ solutions for a better world.

ESRI Forestry GIS Jorunal, Spring 2010
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