Learn more about the FLINTpro range and capability from this groundbreaking forest carbon project report and findings.
CANBERRA, AU, April. 13, 2022 — Developers of FLINTpro, The Mullion Group, working in collaboration with CSIRO and NSW Department of Primary Industries recently delivered its final report to the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Forest Monitoring Steering Committee detailing findings on carbon stock within NSW forests.
The assessment represents a significant advancement in understanding the critical role of NSW forests for carbon storage in Australia, and highlights that forests are far from static. For the first time, fire severity data from NSW was integrated with forest carbon models to provide deeper understanding of impacts of the 2019/2020 Black Summer fire season.
Through quantifying how forest carbon stocks have varied over the past 85 years due to natural disturbances (fire, drought, natural regeneration) and anthropogenic activities (land clearing, reforestation, prescribed fire and timber harvesting), greater insights into the forest are achieved.
The findings have been published by the NSW government and are available online here.
Key findings include:
- The 2019/2020 fire season had a significant impact on the annual change in NSW forest carbon, resulting in the largest changes in forest carbon than at any other point in the preceding three decades.
- The mid-2000s to 2019 was a period of net gains in forest carbon, and in the 1990s there was a general decline in forest carbon.
- NSW forests are dynamic, with significant changes being driven by natural and anthropogenic causes.
The comprehensive baseline assessment can now support future monitoring of changes in forest carbon stock across the State. The full method and findings are contained in the report. Data is available at TERN.
The framework used for this assessment is now available to forest managers worldwide. In Australia, the system will provide results consistent with the methods applied in the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, while still allowing users to use their own site and company specific data to increase accuracy. In other countries the same framework can be applied using a variety of models and data to fit user needs.
FLINTpro is a first-in-kind system that integrates a broad range of data and innovative earth-sensing technologies to measure and manage carbon gains and losses — GHG sinks and sources — across all land uses including forests, agriculture, pastures, coastal areas, and soils. Trusted by leaders in finance, government, and business, the FLINTpro team of experts empower decision-makers to see the opportunities in doing business in a nature-positive way.
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