Year of selection 2017
Institution University of Copenhagen
Woody vegetation have the capacity to soak up carbon dioxide from the air and play a crucial role in maintaining the global carbon budget. In Africa, the combined impacts of climate change and deforestation on savannahs and rainforests are threatening the continent’s aboveground carbon stock. To improve our understanding of this alarming phenomenon, Dr. Martin Brandt, of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, is using state-of-the-art satellite technologies to closely monitor carbon stock dynamics at the continental scale. His overarching objective is to contribute to a better understanding of climate change risks and to a sustainable management of carbon as a natural resource.