NEW! Carbon MRV Tool

An Enterprise On-Line Carbon Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) Toolbox

A product of the GEF UNEP Carbon Benefits Project

This toolbox supports an organization’s needs for developing, managing and reporting carbon projects at the national or project level. It provides an enterprise-wide solution of on-line tools for planning and implementing national forest inventory for carbon, development and management of carbon projects across all of your organization’s offices and units, and enterprise training and capacity-building. The Toolbox supports planning, tasking and implementation, and its distributed web-enabled approach allows managers in one office to communicate and interact with field offices and other offices or cooperators across the organization.  This structure and its secure login and workspace design allows verifiers and others to review the project data, providing a level of transparency and openness needed for most carbon projects today.

The system is deployed around a three-component design that includes Create Your Project, Work on Your Project, and Report on Your Project. The Tool contains a subsystem for Content Management, which provides a structured way to organize all project documents, budgets, memos and correspondences, reports, routed documents  and other project documentation. The Tool also contains a subsystem for Mapping Geographic Information, organized in a three-level hierarchical design around Project-Parcel-Plot structure. It is GPS and GIS compatible and serves to organize all geographic information needed for managing inventory plots and forest or land cover strata. The Tool contains a subsystem for Managing Carbon Inventories from national or project scale field plot data, which is linked to the mapping subsystem. Template field data collection sheets are downloadable in printable or digital formats compatible with most handheld devices. Field data are uploaded into the system and all carbon calculations are performed using standard or custom allometric equations, and then reported out by project, parcel (strata) or plot. These data are then linked to the Tool’s subsystem for Emissions Calculations, for a range of ex-ante or ex-post computations using the field inventories or standard data for both Tier 3 and Tier 1 calculations of emissions scenarios.

For access to the on-line MRV tool  here  (must have an active account, contact us)

Click here to see a demo video

Click here to see screen captures and list of functionalities



Tool for Enterprise Capacity Building and Training. The Tool can be broadly utilized for training and capacity building across your organization, and then be fully implemented as your enterprise solution to manage carbon projects. The Tool includes a full training course with documents, presentations, and videos on the basics of carbon measurement and emissions computations, including how to set up field plots. A full set of example projects and sample data sets are provided. There is a video series that walks users through the application of the tool. The Tool then is easily converted into your organization's operational measurement, reporting and verification system. Also available to users is access to Michigan State University's Graduate Certificate Program in Carbon Management, a transcriptable one-year program offered through MSU's Department of Forestry that can be offered for mid career professional as a Certification or for graduate students  in conjunction with a full 2-year degree.

Tool for Developing and Managing REDD Projects. The Tool can be used to support REDD projects at the national or project levels. The Content Management subsystem can be used to store and organize formal documents, such as R-PINs, budgets, work plans, and any routed documents. The Tool organizes the project map and geographic information across a three tier approach from Project/National to Strata to Inventory Plot scales. It is GPS and GIS compatible for including all digital data and can be used to organize the field inventory data to compute carbon stocks. An emissions calculator is used to compute the reference emissions scenario and manage ex-post and ex-ante computations. A satellite remote sensing add-on is available for making carbon stock estimates in map form. Although the Tool is used to create, manage and incorporate an organization's Tier 3 data, it also comes loaded with a suite of IPCC standard values and parameters for use in the absence of Tier 3 field data.

Tool for Creating and Managing National Forest Inventory. The Tool is ideally set up to plan and implement a National Forest Inventory. The Content Management subsystem contains space for important documents and a section of the Inventory subsystem contains standard field guides and methods handbooks. On line access to standard field reporting datasheet can be downlaoded or printed and digital versions can be uploaded from  a computer or handheld field device to organize and map inventory plots and compute carbon stocks by tree, plot, parcel (strata) and administrative unit.


Remote Sensing Add-On Applications

The MRV Tool contains two remote sensing add-ons. The first is the Satellite Data Access search engine that utilizes KML and the GoogleEarth application interface to access the US national archives and the Tropical Rain Forest Information Center Landsat collections through the search engine. The KMZ file can be downloaded and saved to your computer through ftp or started up in GE here

The second add-on is a Remote Sensing Forest Carbon Mapping application that uses forest fractional cover data layers in conjunction with the parcel strata biomass measurements you encoded in the MRV tool using its Carbon Calculator to make landscape carbon biomass maps for your project area. Screen captures are viewed here. For access to this add-on contact us.



This tool was developed by the Global Environment Facility and UNEP Carbon Benefits Project and the Michigan State University Carbon2Markets Program. Funding was provided by the GEF, UNEP, WWF and Michigan State University.



For More Information Contact

David L. Skole
Carbon2Markets Project
UNEP Carbon Benefits Project
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA
Sarah Davidson
UNEP Carbon Benefits Project
WWF - US, Macroeconomics Program
Washington, DC. USA