A Foundational Guide to the NCX Carbon Program
Dr. Brian Clough
Dr. Brian Clough
25 March, 2022 min read

BUILDING A CARBON PROGRAM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE

At NCX, we’re focused on delivering high quality carbon offsets at scale. Achieving this critical goal takes massive participation and rigorous measurements.

We’ve made deep investments in technology, program design, and on-the-ground relationships that allow us to deliver both the quality and quantity of carbon offsets necessary to meet the challenge of steep emissions reductions in this critical decade.

For a high level overview of our program and detailed information on some of its key elements download “The NCX Carbon Guide” and supporting Building Blocks articles below.

THE NCX CARBON GUIDE

How does the Natural Capital Exchange work? “The NCX Carbon Guide,” written by Sarah Crow (New March Strategies), a recognized thought leader in forestry and sustainability, provides an in-depth look at how our program combines cutting edge technology with classic principles of forest management and emerging insights on landowner behavior to deliver high quality carbon removal credits via short-term harvest deferral.

Dive into the program design and technology that make the NCX program innovative.

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NCX BUILDING BLOCK: BASELINE MODEL

To ensure credibility and legitimate climate impact, forest carbon projects should only provide credits for carbon that is genuinely at risk of being harvested. Arriving on a reliable baseline is critical to quantifying that at risk carbon.

Understand what goes into building the NCX Baseline Model to isolate the carbon at risk for any given acre of forest.

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NCX BUILDING BLOCK: ADDITIONALITY

Additionality is a key principle that measures whether or not a carbon offset has created real climate impact. To be additional, an offset must create a net climate benefit that would not have occurred if a carbon project did not happen.

Learn how NCX uses a dynamic, fine scale approach to quantify additionality.

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NCX BUILDING BLOCK: MEASUREMENT, REPORTING, AND VERIFICATION (MRV)

To verify the real climate impact created by our program, we need to confirm that carbon increases are really happening on the ground. We’ve built on our deep experience in remote sensing, machine learning, and forest inventory to develop an approach that reliably and efficiently verifies carbon impact – at no cost to landowners.

Dive into the details of our MRV method and how it works for landowner participants.

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about the author

Dr. Brian Clough

Dr. Brian Clough

Sustainability Scientist
Brian has a PhD in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University along with eight years of combined academic and industry experience in ecological modeling, remote sensing, and forest inventory.
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