Bogor, Indonesia, 1 August, 2013 – 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. The FCDB allows researchers and practitioners to better manage forest inventories.
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.
The relaunched app aims to provide improved guidance for greenhouse gas inventories-including default emission factor on wetlands, which can be used to compare the environmental impact of different fuels or activities.