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Using GIS to Improve Product-Level Carbon Footprinting

Two studies by Dr. Bob Vos, Clean Agency’s VP of Research and Adjunct Professor of Research¬†in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, postulate that integrating Geographic Information System (GIS) tools with product-level carbon footprinting efforts could significantly improve the accuracy of carbon footprint calculations for fiber-based products.

Carbon Footprinting GISThe studies, co-written with Josh Newell from the University of Michigan, found that the ability of forests to absorb and store carbon varies significantly depending on the type of forest and the harvest practices carried out there. Therefore, isolating the location and nature of the forest and accounting for those differences in carbon footprint calculations would lead to a much more accurate representation of the carbon burden associated with fiber-based products.

Read the recent press release on the USC Spatial Sciences Institute website:

http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/44578/carbon-footprint-labels-inaccurate-usc-study-finds/

CATEGORIES: Carbon Footprint, Life Cycle Assessment