Carbon Inventory Methods and Guidelines

A few manuals or guidelines on carbon inventory methods are available, including, for example, the IPCC guidelines for estimating national GHG or carbon inventory for land-use change and forest sector (IPCC 1996) and for agriculture, forest and other land uses (IPCC 2006) as well the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF sector (IPCC 2003). Examples of project-level carbon inventory guidelines are provided by Winrock (, FAO (, CIFOR (www., the Biomass Assessment Handbook (Rossillo-Calle et al. 2006), Forestry Handbook (Wenger 1984) and Forest Inventory (Kangas and Maltamo 2006).

Adoption of carbon inventory methods and guidelines should lead to accurate, reliable and cost-effective estimates of carbon stocks and changes for a given land-use system and period. Biological systems such as forests and grasslands are characterized by wide variation across locations, management systems and periods even for a given land-use system within a region such as a eucalyptus plantation. Further, it is also subject to high uncertainty due to diverse methods, data limitations and high cost. This handbook on carbon inventory methods and guidelines covers the following topics:

• Description of methods for estimation and monitoring of carbon stocks or emissions and removals

• Criteria for selecting the methods

• Sampling methods and procedures

• Field, laboratory and remote sensing tools and techniques

• Field and laboratory measurement and recording protocols

• Modelling and projections

• Calculation and estimation procedures

• Uncertainty estimation

The need for methods and guidelines for carbon inventory for climate change mitigation projects, national greenhouse gas inventories and forest, cropland and grassland development projects is highlighted in the preceding sections.

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