Project
 
2014 - 2014


Sierra Leone:

Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development

The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development (STEWARD) project was a joint investment of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT), USAID/West Africa and the US Forest Service. It was implemented by Bioclimate Research & Development (BR&D).

LTS provided technical support to the STEWARD Project. The objective of this was to provide an assessment of biomass stocks and biomass stock change between 2007 and 2010 in a specified area of Sierra Leone/Guinea border region.

The assessment was undertaken using multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using a range of biomass-backscatter equations.

Based on best output validation, LTS calculated statistics on forest area and biomass stock loss within the time frame investigated.

The project also aimed to achieve:

  • Agreement of change classification criteria and project-specific deforestation threshold
  • Advice on RADAR data purchasing from RESTEC
  • Multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using different biomass-backscatter equations
  • Multi-validation of outputs against field data provided by BR&D
  • Generation of biomass stock change statistics and maps

Image credit: Radio Nederland Wereldomroep



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Geography: Sierra Leone

Date: 2014

Keywords: RADAR data, biomass maps, Multi-regression Anals
 
 


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