September Development Update

On the Product Side…

Introducing our Land Steward app

Last month, we were putting the finishing touches on our first iteration land steward app — and today, we are proud to share it with you. This app is used by farmers, ranchers, and other land stewards to share information about their parcels with the Regen Network science team, who are using it to develop and refine our ecological state protocols. In the future, this app will be a portal for land stewards to connect to an ecological data commons where they can share or sell their valuable agricultural data with stakeholders like businesses or governments, and ultimately receive compensation for verified improvements in the ecological health of their land.

Behold!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thqarSu57S8

The next big feature that our Product Team is coding is the ability for farmers to import a .kmz or shapefile with the boundaries of their parcels, which our system will parse and draw on the map automatically. We will also import spreadsheets with management data so farmers won’t have to click through our form to submit years of detailed management data.

Ahead on our roadmap, we will connect to the APIs of other farm management apps to allow farmers to pull their data into Regen Network quickly and easily. We plan to also layer open source geospatial data, such as watershed and soil type maps, to give users immediate ecological insight into their bioregion.

Shiny New Website Upgrades

Still have questions about the land steward application, or questions about Regen Network in general? We have upgraded our website to host a comprehensive FAQ page! Check it out: regen.network/faq.html

On the Science Side…

Creating a first glimpse at Regen Network’s deforestation, afforestation, and forest conservation algorithm

Science Lead Dr. Gisel Booman has finished the first results for monitoring deforestation, afforestation, and forest conservation in the Amazon. The pixels used in our model are 10m x 10m, which means that groups of 4 pixels are smaller than a single pixel from NASA/USGS’s Landsat satellites!

Image 1: Google Satellite image. Image 2: Sentinel RGB false color composite for composition of bands 11–8–2, used in that order to observe differences in canopy of agricultural systems — very useful for observing deforestation in the Amazon. Image 3: classification preview, where orange = deforested ares with bare soil; light green = afforestation or short grass; dark green = forest.

This has huge implications for the level of detail our scientists will be able to monitor. From our results, we can detect and alert for deforestation in a very initial stage with higher accuracy than ever before.

We are developing this protocol specifically for the Rainforest Foundation, one of Regen Network’s newly-signed partners, to support their data on the linkage between Indigenous communities and healthier rainforests.

Methane protocol

We have been working on algorithms to identify inundation in rice paddy fields and characterizing the temporal dynamics of those fields by looking at three main periods:

  1. The flooding and rice transplanting period,
  2. The growing period, and
  3. The fallow period.

We are validating and testing these algorithms rigorously, and hope use them to create a map with global methane emission estimates for rice-growing agriculture. The next step is validating the seasonally-integrated methane emission factors used in the algorithm by correlating with ground truth data.

On the Community Side

We visited San Francisco for Global Climate Action Summit Week

Christian, Gregory, David, Alyssa, and Daniel headed to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit! This week was filled with incredibly inspiring events, many of which Regen Network played a role in. We pitched Regen Network at ManyLabs Carbon Tech Show & Tell at Y Combinator, spoke at Village Well Symposium, co-hosted a Design Un-Conference, and tabled alongside our friends Kiss The Ground at Dirt Saves Earth dinner to name a few highlights. We were able to connect with partners, investors, advisors, and friends in the space between. Thanks to all we connected with over this week — it was a pleasure!

Watch Gregory’s presentation at Village Well:

On the Foundation Side…

It’s time to celebrate: we now have 9 members in the Regen Consortium!

Regen Consortium is the group of organizations governing Regen Foundation, Regen Ledger, and the yearly grant process. Members engage in research, experimentation, and discourse to further the development of relevant fields of inquiry. As September closes, the founding members of Regen Consortium are Fibershed, GenBlue, Kiss The Ground, Nori, Regen Network Development, Soil Heroes, Savory Institute, and Terra Genesis International.

Thanks for following along with Regen Network’s Development Updates!

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Regen Network aligns economics with ecology to drive regenerative land management. Learn more: https://regen.network. This blog is published by RND inc, the development company building Regen Network

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