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Technology revolutionises mapping of peatlands

With 24.3 million kr. from the Innovation Fund Denmark, the new Danish development project ReDoCO2 will reduce agricultural CO2 using drones that can determine the distribution of peat soils and carbon stocks.

With the ambitious goal from the Danish parliament to reduce CO2 emissions by 70% by 2030 in Denmark, new innovations and research must be done. A new collaboration between the Department of Agroecology, Aalborg University, RegionMidt, SkyTEM and I • GIS takes part in this fight with the new project ReDoCO2. By using a combination of drone-mounted cutting-edge geophysical sensors, advanced 2D modelling techniques and 3D software it is possible to remove peatlands from farming during agricultural production when drained and cultivated to achieve the targeted reduction in CO2 emissions the next 10 years.

Drones and 3D extracts CO2 emissions

The investment allows to develop advanced hardware and software that can map areas in unprecedented details which enables more accurate estimates of carbon stocks and current CO2 emissions.

The senior scientist Mogens H. Greve from the Department of Agroecology is part of the project and says: “The detailed knowledge about the distribution of these soils is sparse, and that is why this project is so important. It can help us to map the areas that can generate the biggest reduction in CO2 emissions in Denmark.”

Drones and 3D can select which peatlands that provide more value in terms of CO2 emissions to rewet and extract from agricultural production. The aim of the project is to revolutionise the mapping of peatlands both nationally and globally.

Source: Department of Agroecology