TFG’s 2011-2012 Initiaves
Reference Levels
Tracking US REDD+ Finance
Proposed Terresterial Carbon Accounting Course
Agriculture/REDD+ Linkages
Humanitarian Carbon Portfolio
Certificate Course in Terresterial Carbon Accounting

This 4-week, graduate level course will strengthen pre-existing capacity of REDD+ experts and build a community of continual learning, cooperation, and advanced terrestrial carbon accounting. This terrestrial carbon accounting course will lend itself to REDD+ reference levels; measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV); and forest and carbon monitoring.  The first course will be held in August/September 2013 in San Diego, California.

Using the IPCC Guidelines as a framework, the course will address the following core competencies:

  • Understanding the various policy environments where terrestrial carbon accounting is applicable
  • Ability to acquire, store, and manage remote sensing products with high quality assurances
  • Ability to evaluate field measurements and forest carbon inventories
  • Ability to use forest and land use classifications to “dock” remote sensing and field measurements data
  • Mathematical and statistical coursework for data aggregation and error propagation
  • Application of terrestrial carbon accounting to various contexts, including:
    • Peer-reviewed and open source platforms
    • National REDD+ plans and programs
    • UNFCCC national (and subnational) reference level submissions
    • UNFCCC REDD Web Platform
    • The IPCC’s Emissions Factor Database
    • Other outlets (UN-REDD, FCPF, the REDD Desk, the REDD+ Partnership)

The course will span four weeks broken into the following six modules:

  • Multiple contexts for terrestrial carbon accounting and REDD+
  • GIS, remote sensing, and activity data
  • Forest and land cover classifications
  • Field measurements, emissions factors, and allometric equations
  • Data aggregation, uncertainty analyses, and error propagation
  • Application and communication of results

The course will be directed by John O. Niles, Director of Climate and Forests for WWF US and Lecturer in Global Carbon Science and Policy at the University of California, San Diego.  To sign up to receive more information and begin the application process, click here: