Data ReFined #21: COP28, Deforestation Data and Trends, National Climate Assessment

Data ReFined #21: COP28, Deforestation Data and Trends, National Climate Assessment
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COP28, a pivotal climate conference, is happening in the next two weeks. dClimate will be attending this summit. If you're attending or know someone who is, we'd be thrilled to connect. Reach out to us for a meet-up!

It has been a couple of months since the release of our latest ecosystem product CYCLOPS, a comprehensive platform for monitoring natural capital. With 2023 nearing its end, it's a good time to reflect on deforestation trends and the vital need to safeguard our rainforests.

This WRI report highlights deforestation patterns between 2002 and 2022. We're eagerly anticipating the 2023 data, hoping to see the influence of Brazil's new president's environmental policies reflected in the forthcoming data sets.

Forest Pulse: The Latest on the World’s Forests | World Resources Institute Research
The Forest Pulse draws on the most recent data and analysis to reveal the latest trends in global forest loss and deforestation.

Other Deforestation News

  • A new scientific paper published in Nature found that "preserving existing forests and allowing them to regrow would achieve the bulk of forests’ carbon-storing potential — not simply planting millions of new trees."
  • The drought in the Amazon rainforest is one of the worst on record. What are the implications?
  • This recently published study provides evidence that "forests formally managed by Indigenous and local communities have improved outcomes for carbon, biodiversity and livelihoods, simultaneously addressing three goals."
  • How Indigenous peoples and local communities are using satellite data to fight deforestation.

To discover how dClimate's data infrastructure can help track forest health and monitor various forms of natural capital, you can watch this segment from our co-founders' recent discussion on the ReFi Podcast. 👇

And in case you missed it, dClimate's collaboration with Rainforest Partnership aims to combine the power of remote sensing and emerging technologies with on-the-ground action by local communities that steward natural capital.

Industry News

New Datasets to Monitor Natural Capital

Scientists from Sun Yat-Sen University have created and open-sourced the Globe230k dataset, which contains semantic segmentation of over 232,000 multimodal remote sensing images from a wide range of global regions. This large-scale remote sensing annotation dataset provides new insight into the dynamic monitoring of global land cover.

Globe230k Dataset Unlocks Global-Scale Land Characterization
Monitoring the remarkable shifts in land use throughout the last century, global land cover maps offer crucial perspectives on how human settlement has influenced the environment.

An international team of researchers has compiled and released the Database of European Forest Insect and Disease Disturbances (DEFID2). This new open database is a valuable tool for comprehending the ecological dynamics of forest damage due to insects and diseases, tracking these changes, and enhancing terrestrial and climate models.

New database unifies the information on damage to European forests over the last 60 years
The University of Córdoba is participating in the creation of the first database that harmonizes the recording of disturbances caused by insects and diseases in forests in eight European countries by combining remote sensing, satellite images and field data

Copernicus Explains the Value of the ERA5 Dataset

The ERA5 dataset is among the most used datasets for climate intelligence, but how can it help policymakers? Copernicus published an article explaining what ERA5 is and how it can support decision-making.

How C3S’ ERA5 reanalysis dataset can help policymakers
At the current pace of global warming, disregarding climate change in policymaking is not an option anymore. Decisions on infrastructure, energy, mobility, water and food security or urban planning, to name a few, increasingly need to be informed about the potential impacts of the rapidly changing c…

The ERA5 dataset is available on dClimate's Data Marketplace and API, alongside 40+ terabytes of free institutional-grade climate data. Our data infrastructure simplifies accessing cleaned-up and standardized datasets, so you can realize climate impact faster!

Climate Risks in the National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment mirrors the globally renowned IPPC report, but with a focus on the U.S. The fact sheet linked below focuses on various U.S. regions and their climate-related risks and impacts.

FACT SHEET: Fifth National Climate Assessment Details Impacts of Climate Change on Regions Across the United States | OSTP | The White House
The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) highlights the ways in which all regions in the United States are currently experiencing harmful impacts of climate change. One of the most direct ways that Americans experience climate change is through increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme…

This article explains why traditional models in the insurance industry are not suitable for underwriting climate risks. The piece features Zesty, Jupiter Intelligence, and Arbol to showcase how novel AI-powered systems can be used to underwrite climate perils.

Extreme Weather Forecasts by AI May Help Insurers Facing a Risky Climate Future
As violent weather becomes more common, the insurance industry is turning to artificial intelligence to warn of dangers such as wildfires, flooding and droughts

Sophisticated physical climate risk assessment platforms, such as Aegis, can help your business to more effectively comprehend and prepare for climate-related hazards impacting your operations and supply chain.

ReFi Event at COP28

BxC is organizing a special event at COP28 centered on utilizing blockchain technology in climate finance. Speakers from Shamba, Thallo, Regen Network, and Filecoin Green will be present, so don't miss out if you're attending COP.

Join our community on Discord to connect and network with other ReFi enthusiasts and builders in our growing ecosystem.

Gitcoin Grants 19 - Climate Solutions Round

During this quarter's Gitcoin Grant, the climate solutions round contained 100 ReFi projects. Over 3,300 people donated more than $35,000. These donations will be increased via a matching pool of $150,000 using quadratic funding mechanisms.

The crowd-sourced funding supports grassroots climate projects in the ReFi space.

Climate Solutions Round | Gitcoin Round Report Card
Celebrate the impact of recent Gitcoin rounds through data, insights, and stories of participating grant projects and individuals. Our visual report cards highlight achievements, foster transparency, and track engagement in the open-source community.

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