SMACK project (Satellite Monitoring of soil organic Carbon in Kenya),officially kicked off! In collaboration with agriBORA, the project has been selected to receive the Eureka Network Innowwide funding .
SMACK aims to map and score agricultural lands in Kenya based on their capacity to store soil organic carbon through a dynamic and accurate satellite-based methodology.
This project has huge implications for carbon farming and sequestration efforts in Kenya and beyond.
Let us introduce you to some more details about SMACK:
The project main purpose is mapping the global soil carbon potential to simulate future scenarios describing the real value of agricultural land. The target of the project is agricultural lands in Central Africa, particularly in Kenya.
In contrast to traditional monitoring maps, SMACK mapping methodology for carbon projects in
agricultural areas considers three key data: the “HIDDEN” Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) represents the past of the soil; the Organic Carbon represents the present, which is defined as occurring between 5 years before and 5 years after the project’s beginning; the Resilient Carbon represents the carbon simulated in the future, from 5 years after the beginning of the project.
We decided to develop and market SMACK because we believe that the carbon market needs a different accounting model than the one currently in place. Both those who decide to invest in carbon projects and farmers who want to engage in voluntary/non-voluntary carbon markets need to transparently identify the potential of their land and monitor their carbon storage status. We should not think that users need a methodology to satisfy their markets, but we need to create a methodology that satisfies users and creates real added value for them and the environment.
By providing customers with a single figure for estimating the amount of total organic carbon in the soil and the quality of the soil under consideration, both a current carbon estimate and a potential carbon gain for the future are quickly possible. This provides a time perspective of the soil, taking into account the present, the past and the future.
🎉🌾 We’re excited to see the impact the project will have on the agricultural industry and the environment as a whole. 🌾🎉
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