How can NEE be measured accurately?
There’s a global network of stations
that have made continuous, direct measurements of NEE on an hourly basis since the early 1990s using the eddy covariance method. At CarbonSpace, we’ve tuned satellite imagery with this primary data to develop highly accurate, specific models for all major land cover types globally. As a result, you don’t need to have a station in your immediate area to access NEE monitoring.
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.How does NEE compare to other carbon estimation approaches?
NEE offers a number of advantages compared to conventional carbon monitoring approaches.
Physical methods, such as soil sampling and tree allometry, are expensive, infrequent, and difficult to scale, especially with global and remote suppliers.
Generalized tools, such as calculators based on emissions factors and industry averages, have high uncertainty and significant reserve buffers built in, meaning the estimates are generally conservative. They also don’t capture unique local conditions and management practices. Carbon sequestration could be occurring that these tools won’t account for.
CarbonSpace’s NEE monitoring is remote, scalable, and based on primary data. It’s applicable to all major land cover types in the world (croplands, grasslands, forests, shrublands, and more) and can thus capture the unique performance of practices such as agroforestry, intercropping, restoration, afforestation, and ecosystem corridors.
With this breadth, NEE monitoring provides unrivaled visibility to supply chains and project performance.Who can benefit from NEE?
Up to 90% of a food & beverage company’s greenhouse gas emissions are Scope 3, or from their supply chain. The agrifood industry is setting ambitious climate targets and working with suppliers to implement climate-smart practices that can not only reduce emissions but sequester CO2 as well. And accurate, scalable, and cost-effective CO2 monitoring is essential to reach these targets.
CarbonSpace’s NEE monitoring enables agrifood companies to:
- Track and assess global supply chain performance with a unified tool, including the impact of new initiatives and nature-based solutions
- Understand whole ecosystem health and productivity, rather than only focusing on a single carbon pool
- Avoid using averages and emissions factors, which don't fully capture local variations and effects of management practices
- Ensure deforestation free supply chains
- Track and share climate progress with science-based, primary data
NEE provides a comprehensive understanding of the carbon balance of an ecosystem, taking into account all sources and sinks of CO2, seasonal variations, and land management impacts. It’s the most precise, operative, and cost-effective way to track carbon stock changes.
The NEE approach is essential for the agrifood industry to reach supply chain climate goals.
Monitor your supply chain or nature-based carbon removal projects with primary NEE data: firstname.lastname@example.org