The Specialized Certificate in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting being offered by the University of California, San Diego in Summer 2013 will provide students a unique and advanced educational experience in modeling carbon stocks and flows. The hands-on program will train professionals from around the world that work on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and other climate change initiatives.
The certificate program will foster global best practices and skills in data acquisition, land use change detection, emissions factors for terrestrial carbon, mathematics and statistics, sharing and transparency, quality assurance, and the establishment of remote continued learning nodes of terrestrial carbon accounting excellence.
The certificate program will train students in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines and will be applicable to a range of schemes, including voluntary and compliance carbon markets, commodity certification programs, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation to conserve and restore tropical forests.
- Introduction to Terrestrial Carbon Accounting and REDD+
- Terrestrial Modeling Using GIS, Remote Sensing, and Activity Data
- Classifying Forest and Land Cover
- Data Collection and Evaluation
- Statistics for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (Data Aggregation, Uncertainty Analyses and Error
- Applying and Communicating Analysis Results
Individuals who are active in the sphere of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+), such as:
- Technical professionals
- Government and foundation donors
- Government representatives