Environmental accounting software developer Ecometrica has partnered with Global Surface Intelligence to launch GSi’s global forest monitoring service that the companies say will allow investors and supply chain managers to better react to environmental and market developments.
Our Ecosystem (OE), Ecometrica’s interactive spatial data distribution system, uses satellite technology to monitor the changes to carbon and biomass in forests and vegetation. This will allow corporations and investors without specialist knowledge of geographic information systems to better understand the environmental impacts of forestry, carbon stocks, biofuels and other land-based products, such as sustainable coffee plantations or cotton, the firms say.
GSi provides intelligence on the amount of carbon that can be stored and absorbed by trees and vegetation across the entire planet’s surface. The company is spearheading the provision of annual land cover maps and biophysical maps.
GSi’s data adheres to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the Good Practice Guidance (GPG) for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry. The company says it is the only monitoring and remote sensing system that adheres to the GPGs and provides historical carbon stock and sequestration back data with global coverage.
Earlier this year, analyst firm Verdantix named Ecometrica one of the top 15 global sustainability software brands. Ecometrica’s technology lets users run complex queries in the cloud in real time, says Nigel Douglas, chief executive of GSi.
Last month, Google, in partnership with the University of Maryland and the UN Environment Programme, announced the partners had developed a tool to help prevent deforestation. Global Forest Watch 2.0, which will launch later this year, is an interactive, real-time, forest monitoring system. It uses satellite technology, data sharing and human networks around the world to provide information to better managing forests.