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Paper title The Birth of a Regenerative Society: An Earth Observation Approach to Agroforestry and Biomass Monitoring
  1. Lauren Connor Green World Campaign Speaker
  2. Caroline Dama Green World Campaign
Form of presentation Poster
  • A3. Biosphere
    • A3.06 Biomass monitoring
Abstract text Earth observation is a necessary resource in understanding some of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems. Kenya’s coastal communities have suffered greatly from land degradation and poor soil health due to climate change and over farming. This project aims to look deeper into the ways that we can save these rural communities by using satellite imagery to get a better understanding of the Green World Campaign’s regenerative efforts throughout coastal Kenya. Using very high resolution (VHR) imagery from MAXAR’s Worldview satellites, the intent is to understand how this extremely high resolution imagery coupled with field data and random forest classification methods can help to identify a more accurate understanding of soil heath and tree growth, thus directly impacting the future livelihood of these communities.
In conjunction with the ever-evolving high resolution imagery and SmallSat constellation expansion, we propose a conceptual model for both the public and private sectors that marries accurate data with direct funding opportunities using cryptocurrencies through biomass and carbon monitoring practices. This uniquely holistic model has proven it is capable of restoring the economy and ecology of communities struggling on the front lines of climate change. This regenerative model's “people-and-planet” approach addresses the health of both landscapes and communities, leading to improved rural livelihoods, nutrition, biodiversity, soil health, and carbon “drawdown". Earth Observation plays a critical role in this process, for both understanding the past landscape's soil levels as well as looking toward future imagery analysis. Having the ability to visualize this landscape change in real-time is a direct confirmation of progress on both the micro and macro levels of climate resilience. Increasing the effectiveness of studying remote regions will not only be of importance to rural communities in Kenya but will also be usable in other remote areas of the world, helping to gain a greater perspective of global system change and forest abundance.