Carbon Accounting

Forest Planner

Overview & Applicability

The Forest Planner enables landowners in Oregon and Washington to find, map, and design custom forest management scenarios for their properties. Users can select the property and forest stands that they want to examine, enter information about the tree species and forest types represented, and select from a variety of management scenarios.

Summary: 

The Forest Planner enables landowners to visualize alternative forest management scenarios for their properties and their effect on variables including timber stocking and yields, carbon storage, and fire and pest hazard ratings.

Global Carbon Atlas

Overview & Applicability

The Global Carbon Atlas gives audiences a number of ways to visualize carbon dioxide emissions and flux data, and to compare between countries and regions over time (1960 – 2012). Its products are grouped into three main categories that are intended for users with varied technical backgrounds. All products are based on current datasets and models contributed by scientists and research institutions (see Contributors).

Global Carbon Atlas
Summary: 

The Global Carbon Atlas lets users explore, visualize and interpret national to global carbon emissions from both human activities and natural processes.

NASA - CASA Global CQUEST - Carbon Query and Evaluation Support Tools

This application from NASA provides datasets and a viewer for geographic data that support large-scale carbon inventory. The datasets combine NASA remote sensing technology, ecosystem process modeling, and field-based measurements to characterize impacts on the carbon cycle.

NASA cquest map tool
Summary: 

The CASA Global CQUEST application provides datasets and a geographical data viewer that support large-scale carbon inventory. Users can display global data on net primary productivity, net ecosystem productivity, and other variables interactively as a map and obtain data values in tabular format.

Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) Ecosystem Services Model

Overview & Applicability

WaSSI is an integrated, process-based model that can be used to project the effects of forest land cover change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity (i.e. carbon dynamics). WaSSI operates on a monthly time step at the HUC-4 (8-digit HUC) watershed scale (see more on HUCs) and across Mexico at the 0.5 degree scale.

water supply map
Summary: 

WaSSI is a model that can be used to project the effects of forest land cover change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity. Users can define custom scenarios to run through the model's online interface.

U.S. Forest Carbon Calculation Tool (CCT)

The Carbon Calculation Tool 2007, is a computer application that generates state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks on forest land based. It draws on the publicly available Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to calculate these estimates.

Summary: 

The Carbon Calculation Tool 2007, is a computer application that generates state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks on forest land based. It draws on the publicly available Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to calculate these estimates.

Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)

Overview & Applicability

Fuelbeds vary widely in their physical attributes, potential fire behavior, and fire effects. The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) was designed to represent the diversity of fuels found throughout the United States and predict their relative fire hazard. It consists of a large database of physical parameters that describe the abundance, physical character, and arrangement of wildland fuelbeds.

fuels map from the northwestern US
Summary: 

FCCS quantifies and classifies the structural and geographical diversity of wildland fuels in the United States and predicts their relative fire hazard. Current versions also predict surface fire behavior and quantify carbon stores for each calculated fuelbed.

The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator

Overview & Applicability

The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator is a learning tool that helps users understand more about the stock and flow of carbon in forest ecosystems and wood products.

Woody debris and forest soils
Summary: 

The FSCC compares the effects of alternative management practices and wildfire regimes on carbon stores and balances in the forest (including vegetation and soil) and in forest products (including landfills and biofuels).

First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM)

Overview & Applicability

First order fire effects are the immediate consequences of a fire, whether direct or indirect. The FOFEM tool is designed to calculate these consequences for prescribed fire or wildfire using four separate metrics: tree mortality, fuel consumption, emissions or smoke production, and soil heating. This tool is intended for direct use in assessing fire impacts and severity, planning prescribed fires that accomplish resource needs, and other applications.

Burned forest
Summary: 

FOFEM is a model that predicts first-order fire effects including tree mortality, fuel consumption, emissions (smoke) production, and soil heating caused by prescribed burning or wildfire.

COLE (Carbon OnLine Estimator)

Overview & Applicability

COLE is a versatile and appropriate tool to use for a wide range of carbon estimation needs. COLE draws from Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to provide basic carbon inventory and growth-and-yield estimates for a particular forest, region, or state. While COLE draws from FIA plot data, the data is aggregated at the county or national forest level, so analysis can occur at this level or higher.

COLE map interface
Summary: 

COLEv2.0 enables the user to examine forest carbon characteristics of any area of the continental United States.

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