As the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration globally rises, so does the urgency to mitigate greenhouse effects. The enhancement of ecosystem capacity to sequester carbon represents one of the methods to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.
Carbon offset forestry programs depend on accurate and cost-effective biomass assessment and monitoring. Field-Map technology has been used in a number of projects for estimation of carbon stock budgets and monitoring of forest carbon stock changes. The capacity of the Field-Map system to integrate information from different remote sensing sources with the in-situ measurements ensures the maximum productivity of the inventory projects focused on growing stock, biomass and carbon stock estimation. Furthermore, the experience from the Field-Map projects executed in Uganda and Malaysia shows that such technology is also user friendly. After two weeks training the local experts were able to use the technology for biometric measurements in the tropical forest, resulting in estimation of ecosystem carbon stocks. Capacity building is one of the important aspects of Field-Map projects. The field measurements cannot be done without the knowledge of local conditions. Therefore the field teams always include local experts who first master the technology and then carry out the projects.