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New mapping technology shows carbon stored in hedgerows

Jun 2024 | No Comment

New geospatial mapping technology is enabling the carbon storage benefit of Great Britain and Ireland’s hedgerows to be calculated from the skies.

The nation’s hedgerows have been in the spotlight over recent months, with growing awareness of their vital role in improving biodiversity and increasing carbon sequestration.

As well as providing shelter for wildlife, hedgerows capture carbon and help to reduce flooding.

Bluesky International has now developed a further layer of geospatial data which enable users to calculate the carbon storage capacity of hedgerows.

The Leicestershire-based company is the UK’s leading aerial survey company and has been mapping Great Britain and Ireland’s trees for more than a decade.

Recognising the increasing need for accurate data to support regeneration and hedge planting initiatives, it has extended its tree expertise to the National Hedgerow Map™ (NHM™).

Importantly, the NHM™ has the unique ability to calculate hedgerow carbon storage capacity.

This is made possible by the availability of volumetric data through Bluesky technology. The dataset offers location, height, volume, vegetation extent, and the centreline for all vegetation below three metres.

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