Controlling for upscaling uncertainty in assessment of forest aboveground biomass in the Western Ghats of India (EFAB)

Programme : cefipra
Durée : 2013 - 2017

Mots clés

Biomasse épigée, Structure 3D, Forêts tropicales, Texture de canopée, Ghâts occidentaux de l'Inde.


The objective of our project is to assess uncertainty in evaluation of forest aboveground biomass at critical steps of the upscaling process from local forest data to regional extrapolations, in order to improve largescale biomass and carbon stock assessments. It focuses on the humid forests of the Western Ghats of India, for which field data, satellite images and detailed vegetation maps are available. This project is an accompanying research of the National Carbon Project (NCP) leaded by the Indian Principal Collaborator. It is also part of a research programme of the French Principal Collaborator, which searches for a pertinent integration of the allometric theory of plants with 3D simulations of forest stand dynamics and canopy texture analysis in order to predict properties of forest stands at multiple spatial scales. The project has great potential applications within the framework of NCP and more generally within the UN-REDD programme.


  • Indian Institue of Remote Sensing
  • Institut Français de Pondichéry (Inde)