Calculating Mill Level Deforestation & Carbon Risk Scores Across the Palm Supply Chain

Illustrating the power of the Descartes Labs Platform to explore agricultural traceability challenges

Zoomed out view of mill-level carbon scores. Lower scores mean less nearby deforested area and estimated forest carbon loss.
Palm concessions and mills over a subset of the island of Sumatra on top of a Sentinel-1 radar composite image

Application of Deforestation & Forest Carbon Loss Risk Scores

Methodology and Replication

Creating a radius around each mill and displaying deforestation and forest carbon

Weighted Average Using Inverse Distance

Creating a simple distance-weighted risk score for deforestation and forest carbon loss.

Calculating Deforested Area Score & Carbon Loss Score

Applying the Descartes Labs Platform to the Full Universal Mill List

Visual Results Using Descartes Labs Workflows API

Zoomed out view of mill-level carbon scores. Lower scores mean less nearby deforested area and estimated forest carbon loss.
Histograms showing the frequency distribution of total deforested area, total carbon lost, and the overall area & carbon scores for each mill

Using the Dataset to Inform Supply Chain Risk Assessment

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