Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Workshop: “Error propagation for carbon estimation”

December 4-6, 2013, Camino Real Aeropuerto Hotel, Mexico City.  

One objective of the workshop is to show and discuss the methodologies for the estimation of uncertainty and error propagation in different components that influence the estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in the forest sector. Also, it aims to share the experience of national and international experts on uncertainty and contextualize it within the importance that these methods have in creating national reports for the estimation of carbon stocks and their changes.

The workshop will be divided into five main sessions. The first will address errors in estimates of biomass inherent in allometric models. The second will highlight recent research concerning the estimation of uncertainties associated with Emission Factors (within a Tier 2 reporting framework). This second block will cover the calculation of uncertainties associated with measurement errors in forest inventories of important variables for the estimation of carbon. In addition, errors due to sample design and stratification schemes to minimize uncertainties from forest inventories will be reviewed.

The third session will explore issues related to the estimation of uncertainties for activity data. It will cover validation of land cover maps and land cover changes, estimation of uncertainties of the area estimates for activity data and methodologies for the estimation of uncertainties in carbon maps.

In the fourth session, participants will discuss error propagation of uncertainties for emission factors and activity data within a Tier 2 reporting framework. Finally, the fifth session will discuss how to estimate uncertainties in carbon dynamics models for a Tier 3 approach and discuss possible approaches for the estimation of uncertainties in an integrated Tier 2 and 3 approach.

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Sponsoring Organizations: Mexican National Forestry Commission, United Nations Development Programme, Government of Norway, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.