Pachama’s Tech Explained
How earth observation and artificial intelligence can drive the next generation of investments in nature
At Pachama, we’re developing three core technologies required to modernize the voluntary carbon market and create a future where high-integrity, transparent carbon credits can scale at the speed our planet demands.
Status Quo: Field crews measure individual trees by hand to inventory carbon stocks over a small sample of a project’s area. This process costs tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars and can take months—or even years.
Pachama’s Approach: We are building machine-learning models that integrate satellite data, field plots, and 3D airborne lidar imaging to map forest carbon over entire regions, and eventually, anywhere in the world. This satellite-based carbon mapping unlocks a more scalable, cost-efficient future for crediting.
Status Quo: Most registries require that projects are monitored only every 3 to 7 years. Years could pass without information of a forest fire or illegal deforestation.
Pachama’s Approach: We use high-resolution satellite imagery and cloud-penetrating radar to track losses and gains in forest areas over time, unlocking continuous visibility across an entire forest.
Status Quo: In forest carbon markets, a baseline is a business-as-usual scenario used to estimate expected emissions without the incentive of carbon financing. Today, credit issuance relies on historical data and a complex set of subjective factors to set baselines.
Pachama’s Approach: Using machine learning models, we match each satellite pixel in a project to a ‘control’ pixel outside the project with similar attributes. We then use satellite data to observe forest loss in the control pixels compared to the pixels in the project area.
Since our founding in 2018, we’ve sought to lead the way in Digital Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (DMRV). Our goal is to create a registry-integrated system that provides a modern, intuitive experience for both project developers and buyers through a transparent, simplified crediting process.
Pachama rigorously evaluates every project listed on our marketplace to ensure we’re surfacing only the highest quality projects. Our Evaluation Criteria includes a series of checks that every project must pass, as well as a number of informative insights on project quality. In each evaluation, we ensure the project is:
Emissions reductions would not have occurred without the the incentive of carbon credits.
Emissions reductions are robustly quantified and each credit represents at least one metric ton of carbon.
The project delivers a long-lasting climate impact ensured by continuous monitoring and reporting
The project causes no net harm and delivers biodiversity and community benefits
Access data at your fingertips with Pachama’s Portal. Unlock interactive data visualizations and see the impact of each of your projects, including:
On a recent project visit, Pachama captured drone footage and images of the Manoa forest and...
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With tech at the forefront, Pachama enhances project design, tracks project performance, and brings unprecedented accuracy and efficiency to carbon credit issuance. By surfacing data in one intuitive portal, companies get complete transparency into the ongoing health and impact of their project.
Pachama analyzes regional characteristics to find the ideal project areas that will ensure your investment delivers the maximum impact on the climate, communities, and local wildlife.
Pachama’s suite of in-the-sky and on-the-ground technology, paired with machine learning, enables you to monitor progress and identify potential risks sooner.
Pachama’s digital measurement technologies will take the manual processes of estimating carbon from months to days, bringing all of the rigor of traditional methods at a fraction of the cost.
Maximize your impact by purchasing from Pachama’s global portfolio of high-quality forest projects. Each project is carefully vetted by Pachama’s technology and forest scientists to make sure your investment reduces carbon, restores wildlife and supports local communities.
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