The third BREATHE user meeting together with the fourth technical meeting took place on October 18th and were hosted by The Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt GmbH) at their premises in Vienna, with the in-person participation of ministerial representatives from The Turkish General Directorate of Forestry (Orman Genel Müdürlüğü”, OGM) and the BREATHE Consortium: GeoVille (Lead), Turkish partner Globetech, SISTEMA and The University of Vienna.
UBA supports the BREATHE Consortium in gathering feedback from the Turkish stakeholders OGM and LULUCF scientific expert. Pr. Yusuf Serengil from the University of Istanbul on the results of the first research year of BREATHE and its concluding report, as well as their requirements for the next phase of the project, to make sure these are in accordance with the needs of the Turkish GHG National Inventory Report, as well as in compliance with the recommendations from the UNFCCC Expert Review Team (ERT) and the newly released 2023 revision of the LULUCF regulation.
Next steps includes the production of annual Above-Ground-Biomass Density (AGBD) maps for the period 2019-2023 based on Spaceborne LiDAR (GEDI, ICESat-2) and the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 (HLS) product calibrated with field measurements. Carbon emissions and removals from annual AGBD changes will be assessed over the sample areas in Austria and Türkiye before roll-out at country-wide level. All data and processes are currently being integrated on a European cloud ITC infrastructure linked to a user dashboard. The exploitation strategy to ensure the scalability of the solution to the private market is being addressed more in-depth within this second and last phase of the BREATHE project.
The Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for the first European EO-integrated Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) System of GHG anthropogenic emissions and removals from biomass changes in Austria and wildfires in Türkiye is expected by the end of the BREATHE project planned in November 2024