CTrees is a non-profit organization whose mission is to track carbon in every tree on Earth and to provide science-based geospatial data to enable natural climate solutions at all scales.
Why tracking carbon in trees?
Trees are a highly sustainable resource for generating energy. Trees can also be used as biomass fuel, which many off-grid properties already utilize. Biomass fuel can be derived from a variety of tree parts, such as tree limbs, tree tops, and smaller trees, as well as wood waste byproducts such as loose timber, bark, and sawdust.
In addition to their potential as a source of renewable energy, trees play an important role in carbon sequestration, which helps mitigate the effects of climate change and greenhouse gasses.
If properly managed, trees can be an ideal source of renewable energy and carbon capture sink.
How CTrees’ technology works?
CTrees has launched a satellite-based carbon tracker that can precisely measure the carbon content of trees. CTrees’ platform employs cutting-edge satellite technology, scientifically-based algorithms, and inventory plot data to precisely map variations of carbon stored in forest and non-forest landscapes, such as coastal wetland and mangrove ecosystems.
How does the technology work?
CTrees uses satellite imagery, such as lidar, radar, and optical imagery, to collect high-resolution data of forest and non-forest landscapes, such as coastal wetland and mangrove ecosystems.
The organization then applies scientifically-based algorithms to the satellite data in order to extract information about carbon storage variations in trees.
CTrees combines the satellite data with inventory plot data, which includes ground-based measurements and observations of trees. This additional data helps validate and calibrate the satellite-based measurements, ensuring the accuracy of the carbon tracking.
CTrees utilizes cloud-based computing and artificial intelligence techniques to handle the large volume of data and perform complex calculations.
By integrating the satellite data, science-based algorithms, and inventory plot data, CTrees accurately maps the variations of carbon stored in trees. This mapping provides a comprehensive view of carbon distribution and helps identify areas with high carbon sequestration potential.
CTrees also applies new techniques in land use activity mapping to provide data on historical greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, degradation, and fire, as well as carbon removals from forest regeneration, secondary growth, and afforestation.
CTrees’ platform will provide valuable data for measuring, reporting, and verifying (MRV) the carbon in every tree, everywhere, supporting efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation and restore forests at all scales.