Goal 1: Tools to map carbon, wildfire spread, water balance, and forest health

Goal 1 will develop the remote sensing and geospatial tools which will consistently quantify and integrate the effects of past and ongoing management on four critical characteristics of the land surface. These characteristic include:

  1. Biomass stocks and carbon dynamics over time;
  2. Water balance and the delivery of runoff to rivers and ground water;
  3. Vegetation resilience and susceptibility to dieback during drought; and
  4. Wildfire spread rate and severity across the landscape. 

The core deliverable from Project 1 will be the set of consistent and integrated data maps which will help to more effectively manage California’s wildlands for climate change. As a result of these data maps, we will be able to perform the analysis portion in Project 2.