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CTree Technology can track Carbon Stored and Emitted in the Forests

Dec 16, 2022


This tool was developed for the Priceless Planet alliance, a restoration alliance led by Mastercard that aims to revive 100 million trees over five years.

A new organization called CTrees is launching a satellite-based carbon tracker that can measure the carbon in trees with pinpoint accuracy. By “trees” they don’t mean forests, or stands, or other cluster of trees. They mean every single, individual tree on the complete planet. Finally, policymakers and other stakeholders will get their hands on some hard data behind all those big tree-planting plans being shopped around nowadays.

Series is a non-profit organization that tracks carbon in every tree and forest in the world. Led by a global team of scientists and engineers, CTrees delivers science-driven data on forest carbon to governments, companies, and organizations seeking to scale back carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation and restore forests in any respect scale.

Forests are extremely important to mitigate global temperature change because they absorb a big part of the carbon within the atmosphere annually. However, because trees are so efficient at stashing away greenhouse gases, they release vast quantities of carbon back into the atmosphere when forests are degraded, felled, or burned. Recent studies have shown that a lot of forests are nearing a tipping point that compromises their ability to store carbon, with parts of geographical area and also the Amazon already net carbon emitters attributing to multiple human-induced stressors.

So how do they measure their impact?

Conservation International and World Resources Centre have developed a field-test version of the Tree Restoration Monitoring Framework. This tool was developed for the Priceless Planet Alliance, a restoration alliance led by Mastercard that aims to revive 100 million trees over five years. 

These digital margins help detect whether sprouting trees are making progress toward the framework’s key indicators. This data can help assess the impact of projects and reduce the chance of failure by tracking where fires, floods, and other threats to the land — what researchers call disturbances — have threatened plant sites in the past.

There are an estimated 3 trillion trees from 60,000 species in the world. Therefore, tracking the forest carbon flux across the world is an enormous task, but one that Saatchi said the new technology can deal with. “In the old days, we had to take [airborne] pictures and then draw lines around these single trees to spot them and separate them… Now, we carry out with cloud-based artificial intelligence and we can process terabytes of the information in hours.”

This new technology of tracking fires and floods through indicators can make an excellent impact on global climate change and therefore the way forward for the future of the planet. ENPOSS is glad that such technologies can help restore our planet to climate change

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