Peatlands are essential ecosystems for carbon storage, biodiversity conservation, and climate regulation. Understanding and monitoring these unique environments are essential for preservation and sustainable management. The European Space Agency (ESA) is taking a significant step towards this goal with its WorldPeatland project. In this article, we will explore the importance of the project and focus on the questionnaire designed to collect user requirements for Earth Observation (EO) based peatland mapping and monitoring.
About ESA WorldPeatland Project
The ESA WorldPeatland project is a two-year initiative aimed at supporting the robust, consistent, and accessible mapping of peatland extent and condition across various temperate, tropical, and boreal contexts. This project aligns with major global efforts, including the UNEP Global Peatland Initiative. The project brings together a team of specialists from renowned institutions such as KU Leuven, the University of Leicester, the University of Durham, and the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV). The ESA WorldPeatland project is led by Assimila Ltd.
The key objective of the project is to produce a range of EO-derived datasets and tools that describe peatland extent, condition, and status. To achieve this, the project team is planning a series of user engagement workshops to gather valuable insights from stakeholders who have a vested interest in peatland conservation and management.
Take Part in the User Requirements Questionnaire
This survey aims to collect user requirements for EO-based mapping and monitoring of peatlands across different conditions and climate zones, from pristine to deeply drained and from the subarctic to the tropics.
The information gathered through this questionnaire will serve as a foundation for the development of innovative tools and datasets essential for peatland monitoring within the WorldPeatland project, which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project team highly values the insights and opinions of experts, researchers, and stakeholders involved in peatland matters. Participating in this questionnaire, which takes approximately 15 minutes, is a valuable contribution to advancing the knowledge and conservation efforts related to peatlands. The deadline is 12 December.
By participating in the user requirements questionnaire, you can actively contribute to the future of peatland conservation.
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