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Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate

The Specialized Certificate in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting will provide a unique and advanced educational experience in modeling carbon stocks and flows. Developed in partnership with Tropical Forest Group (TFG), UC San Diego - Sustainability Solutions Institute, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this hands-on program will train professionals from around the world that work on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and other climate change initiatives.

The Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate program will foster global best practices and skills in data acquisition, land use change detection, emissions factors for terrestrial carbon, mathematics and statistics, sharing and transparency, quality assurance, and the establishment of remote continued learning nodes of terrestrial carbon accounting excellence.

The Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate program will train professionals in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines and will be applicable to a range of schemes, including voluntary and compliance carbon markets, commodity certification programs, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation to conserve and restore tropical forests.

Program Developed in Partnership with:

Who Should Attend?
Professionals from around the world who are active in the sphere of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+), such as:

  • Technical professionals
  • Government and foundation donors
  • Government representatives

Certificate & Course Fees:
The total cost of this program is approximately $12,500 USD. This fee includes the six required courses, the certificate fee, books, and materials. Additional fees for housing, food, and transportation will need to be considered for those traveling to San Diego for the program.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (All six (6) courses are required.)
Overview of Terrestrial Carbon Accounting and REDD+
Schedule Varies
Measuring Terrestrial Carbon Change Modeling Using GIS, Remote Sensing, and Activity
Schedule Varies
Classifying Forest and Land Cover
Schedule Varies
Data Collection and Evaluation for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting
Schedule Varies
Statistics for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting: Data Aggregation, Uncertainty Analyses & Error Propagation
Schedule Varies
Applying and Communicating Analysis Results
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100626 Contact department for an application.
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Technology, (858) 534-9358
E-mail: infotech@ucsd.edu

Program Benefits

  • Understand the methods and importance of Terrestrial Carbon Accounting & REDD+
  • Implement the techniques and strategies needed to properly classify forest and land cover
  • Use GIS and remote sensing tools to model and estimate land use data
  • Collect data from the field and evaluate for quality
  • Employ statistics to extrapolate knowledge from collected data
  • Communicate results of analysis to databases and international organizations and national governments

Conditions for Admission

We currently are not accepting applications for this program. Please continue to check back for updated information.


Naikoa Aguilar-Amuchastegui, Ph.D.
Lead Forest Carbon Scientist
World Wildlife Fund

Benoit Bosquet, Ph.D.
Sector Manager, Sustainable Dvlp. Department, Africa Region
The World Bank

Holly Gibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Toby Janson-Smith
Senior Director
Conservation International

Anup Joshi, Ph.D.
Research Fellow & Program Coordinator
University of Minnesota

John Nickerson
Director of Forestry
Climate Action Reserve

Stuart Sandin, Ph.D.
Assistant Researcher Marine Ecology
Scripps Institution of Oceanography