The College of Forestry, a leading academic institution for the advancement of forestry-related research and science, actively manages 15,000 acres of research forests. The college will compare the data provided by CollectiveCrunch’s carbon measurement tools against existing on-the-ground carbon inventory approaches, to identify opportunities for optimisation as it plans for and researches various forest management scenarios.

“CollectiveCrunch’s AI-based Linda Planet solution eliminates the uncertainty and subjectivity associated with forest carbon assessments by providing a scientific and data-driven approach to forest carbon management,” said Rolf Schmitz, co-founder of CollectiveCrunch. “Understanding the health and diversity of forests is paramount in ensuring their sustainability. Forests play a critical role in carbon sequestration, acting as a natural solution to combat climate change. By accurately assessing forest carbon storages, land owners can gain insights into the carbon balance of forests, which helps inform forest management and conservation efforts.”

CollectiveCrunch's AI-driven platform will provide the College of Forestry with remotely gathered data to inform future forest management decisions. It also has the potential to optimise forest operations while minimising the impact on the environment. The ability to gain data-driven insights about forests allows for adaptive management strategies that integrate multiple forest values.

“Every activity on the College of Forestry research and demonstration forests is meant to teach us something about the way we actively manage forests for sustainability," said Tom DeLuca, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C Ford dean of the OSU College of Forestry. "Testing new technology like the Linda Planet AI platform and weaving together multiple ways of knowing helps us make more informed decisions about the impacts specific forest management decisions will have, both here in Oregon and around the world."