Statistics for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (14-17 October 2014)


Contact Person : Kiki Kartikasari

Certificate in Statistics for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until:
1 October 2014

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Offered by the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute

Many countries and subnational jurisdictions are constructing REDD+ reference levels for carbon stores and fluxes in forests and other land uses. This course will provide students with the skills needed to build statistically rigorous REDD+ reference levels and terrestrial carbon accounts that can be eligible for pay-for-performance funding. The course will follow the IPCC Good Practice Guidelines and help students learn and master World Bank Forest and Carbon Partnership Facility methodological guidance on REDD+ reference levels.

Topics Include:

  • Overview and background on statistics
  • REDD+ reference levels
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Good Practice Guidelines
  • World Bank Forest and Carbon Partnership Facility Methodologies
  • Land use classes, activity data and emissions factors
  • Uncertainty, error propagation, Monte Carlo simulations
  • Confidence intervals, normal distribution, central limit theorem
  • R programming introduction

Students are encouraged to bring their own data to receive individualized training and support for building credible REDD+ reference levels that include uncertainty and error propagation. Instructors will provide templates for students to compute their own statistically rigorous reference levels that can be shared with domestic and international policy communities.  There are no prior math or statistics requirements for the course and students will be provided with review materials in advance.


Students will receive 4 days of instruction, beginning at 9:00 am on October 14, 2014 and ending with graduation at 1pm on October 17, 2014.


Students who successfully complete the course exam will receive a Certificate in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Statistics from the Carbon Institute, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, and the Centre for Climate Risks and Opportunity Management.


John Niles, Executive Director of the Carbon Institute; and Lecturer in Global Carbon Science and Carbon Accounting at the University of California, San Diego

Stuart Sandin, Associate Professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; and Lecturer in Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting

Student Qualifications

  • Students must be able to speak and write clearly in English
  • Students must have basic familiarity with REDD+ or LUCF carbon accounting
  • Students must bring their own laptops, equipped with Microsoft Excel, to work on during the course