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Developing the scientific foundation for the green economy

SIG-NAL attended the 2014 International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress last month (October) in Salt Lake City. We had the opportunity to present some of our recent work:



Modeling The Profitability Of Power Production From Short-Rotation Woody Crops In Sub-Saharan Africa (Thomas Buchholz)



A global meta-analysis of forest bioenergy greenhouse gas emissions accounting studies
(1991–2013) (Thomas Buchholz, Matt Hurteau, John Gunn, & David Saah)


Life cycle evaluation of forest sector greenhouse gas emissions sensitivity to changes in forest management in Maine (USA) (John Gunn, Chris Hennigar, Ryan Cameron, Thomas Buchholz)

Spatial Informatics Group - Natural Assets Laboratory

The science and policy of natural assets and environmental markets are evolving rapidly and require nimble institutions to provide the innovations necessary to link economic and environmental interests. In 2012, the non-profit SIG-NAL was created to meet this need. SIG-NAL broadens the reach of the technical capacity and professional networks of Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) to create a more flexible entity with increased effectiveness in a dynamic economic and political context working for the public benefit.

SIG-NAL 2014 Updates

NEWS:January 2014 Ponca Tribal Lands Mapping and Ecosystem Services

SIG-NAL Executive Director John Gunn and SIG Research Scientist Steve Signell have been working with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) to facilitate access by tribes to spatial information about their lands and to gain understanding about potential participation in the ecosystem marketplace.


John presented an online mapping tool developed by Steve Signell to members of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma on January 16th, 2014 in White Eagle, OK as part of a larger presentation on the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program organized by the ILTF. The mapping tool will allow interest holders in parcels to view detailed information about their land, including a summary of land cover types.


The presentation from SIG-NAL also included an initial assessment of the Ponca Tribe's opportunities for participating in carbon offset markets through tree planting and avoided conversion of grasslands to cropland.


Photo: Young bison at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (TNC, Oklahoma)

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