Programme: TELSAT 4
Start - End: 14 December 1996 - 29 June 1997
Context and objectivesThe instrument constitutes an improvement of the methodology for evaluating the impact of changes in land use (e.g. deforestation), on the net carbon exchange between atmosphere and vegetation.
The main advantage of the proposed approach is that real time earth observation will be used rather than statistical data, which often are outdated and unreliable (especially important for developing countries).
The objectives are:
- Evaluation of the economical feasibility of a product which will calculate the net carbon exchange based on earth observation data and ecosystem models.
- Determination of the technical and operational requirements of to the potential users of this product.
- Definition and budgeting of the technical stages to scale up the prototype towards a product.