Prioritising carbon sequestration areas in southern Queensland using time series MODIS net primary productivity (NPP) imagery

Apan, A. and Suarez Cadavid, L. A. and Richardson, L. and Maraseni, T. (2014) Prioritising carbon sequestration areas in southern Queensland using time series MODIS net primary productivity (NPP) imagery. In: Technical Commission 8th Mid-Term Symposium (ISPRS 2014) , 9-12 Dec 2014, Hyderabad, India.

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The aim of this study was to develop a method that will use satellite imagery to identify areas of high forest growth and productivity, as a primary input in prioritising revegetation sites for carbon sequestration. Using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data, this study analysed the annual net primary production (NPP) values (gC/m2) of images acquired from 2000 to 2013, covering the Condamine Catchment in southeast Queensland, Australia. With the analysis of annual rainfall data during the same period, three transitions of 'normal to dry' years were identified to represent the future climate scenario considered in this study. The difference in the corresponding NPP values for each year was calculated, and subsequently averaged to the get the 'Mean of Annual NPP Difference' (MAND) map. This layer identified the areas with increased net primary production despite the drought condition in those years. Combined with key thematic maps (i.e. regional ecosystems, land use, and tree canopy cover), the priority areas were mapped. The results have shown that there are over 42 regional ecosystem (RE) types in the study area that exhibited positive vegetation growth and productivity despite the decrease in annual rainfall. However, seven (7) of these RE types represents the majority (79%) of the total high productivity area. A total of 10,736 ha were mapped as priority revegetation areas. This study demonstrated the use of MODIS-NPP imagery to map vegetation with high carbon sequestration rates necessary in prioritising revegetation sites.

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Additional Information: © Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Paper presented at: ISPRS Technical Commission 8th Mid-Term Symposium, Hyderabad, India 9-12 Dec 2014.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 03:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon; MODIS; net primary productivity; ecosystem; change; spatial; dynamic
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070502 Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961203 Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest and Woodlands Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-8-549-2014

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