Supersites and Biomass Validation Workshop

Supersites and Biomass Validation Workshop - Working Group on Calibration Validation – Land Product Validation - Event Dates: March 2nd - 6th, 2020 - CSIRO, Canberra, Australia


A number of satellite missions that aim at providing measurements of above ground biomass have been or are due to launched in the near future. These new data streams have the potential to close existing gaps in knowledge in critical areas such as global carbon stock. The Biomass Validation Team within the Working Group on Calibration and Validation Land Product Validation sub-group is working on the development of a good practices protocol for validation of above ground biomass products to ensure that users are able to access quantitative and seamless data across these missions. As part of the CEOS "carbon and biomass" strategic action to promote the adoption of the biomass protocol as well as to explore synergies with another LPV activity assessing supersites with fully characterized land surface variables for validation of satellite-based land products, a workshop was held in Canberra, Australia in the week of 2nd March 2020. Hosted by CSIRO, this workshop brought together 35 key scientists and practitioners from the biomass validation team to representative from in-situ biophysical measurement networks from around the world. Some outcomes of the workshop include the potential extension of the population of biomass validation reference sites to fill critical gap in the tropics and Asia with contributions from partners such as ISRO, JAXA and the willingness of ecosystem networks such as TERN or ICOS to work with the earth observation land product validation communities to extend the number of variables measured and to adapt their protocols for earth observation validation purposes.

         Group photo at the Supersites and Biomass Validation Workshop CSIRO March 2020

The Meeting Agenda and Minutes, as well as, all the presentations are available here