A remote SOC measuring process provided by Downforce Technologies Ltd. (“DTL”) is used to measure the progress in creating SOC.
A DTL Baseline Survey is undertaken before the land clearing starts to show the amount of SOC present at the time and in the preceding six years, ten days at a time, down to a 10 m2 plot resolution. For ground truthing purposes, on the ground soil sampling as well as vegetative assessments are undertaken.
DTL relies on information collected from satellite and other remote imaging techniques combined with datasets of soil classification and type in surrounding areas. The baseline surveys show the maximum theoretical realisable potential SOC that any given area could attain versus the current level. The DTL App, which is made available to the farmer, allows for measurement on a paddock by paddock basis. Follow-up DTL surveys are undertaken annually to monitor and measure progress.
The DTL WebApp takes account of above ground carbon lost during the bush harvesting process so that the net amount of carbon accrued can be measured.
It is intended that in due course the additional carbon sequestered since the start of the pilot projects will be sold into the carbon markets on an annual basis. Depending on the specific site and climatic conditions, these carbon drawdown projects will take upwards of 20-30 years for the full realisable SOC to accrue to a given area.
It is anticipated that it will take a number of years (say three to five) for the additional SOC captured as a result of our specific interventions to become certifiable, at which point sales in the carbon market can commence. It is DTL’s aim that its measurement will count as validation of carbon “additionality”, acceptable to carbon credit buyers.
It is envisaged that most of the carbon credit earnings will be returned to the farmer, other than some set aside to pay for ongoing DTL surveys and future projects on a rolling basis. In addition, some monies will be shared amongst local communities.
It is expected that, in time, no soil sampling will be required once the satellite monitoring algorism has become accurate and widely acceptable. In the case of our pilot projects, soil samples and vegetative assessments are undertaken to validate the findings of DTL.