Karis Tenneson

Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain, Spatial Informatics Group

Karis is the Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain with expertise in ecology, statistics, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Broadly, she is interested in developing relevant scientific information and knowledge for decision making. Her work focuses on developing decision support tools to monitor land use and land cover dynamics, forest biomass estimation using LiDAR and structure from motion, assessing ecosystem services, and scenario planning. Her most recent projects include managing cloud-based remote sensing research and monitoring efforts with the Mekong and Hindu Kush Himalaya SERVIR hubs. She has also developed various methods and knowledge transfer activities in support of SilvaCarbon capacity building initiatives aimed at more efficiently generating activity data for REDD+ and greenhouse gas inventories. These efforts include the development of OpenForis applications, including Collect Earth Online and tools within SEPAL; food security research; collaborative development of a customizable cloud-based land cover monitoring system; and delivering capacity building activities throughout southeast Asia, south Asia, and Ecuador. Dr. Tenneson holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a specialization in spatial statistics and environmental planning. She has a master's in urban and regional planning and a BA in Biology and mathematics.

Karis is speaking at

June 3, 2021
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm


  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Julian Fox (Speaker) Team Leader, National Forest Monitoring, FAO
  • Fidaa Haddad (Speaker) Forestry Officer / Dryland Program, FAO
  • Barnabas Marwire (Speaker) Natural Resource Management Specialist, FAO – Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Yelena Finegold (Speaker) Forestry Officer, FAO
  • Karis Tenneson (Speaker) Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Jeff Vincent (Speaker) Professor in Forest Economics and Management, Duke University
  • Barron Joseph Orr (Speaker) Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Dominique Louppe (Speaker) Vice-chairperson, CIRAD, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
  • Khalil Walji (Moderator) Capacity development specialist, FAO


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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
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Technology and innovation for restoration monitoring is rapidly advancing supported by developments in geospatial technology and imagery. If deployed effectively across critical landscapes, these technical solutions for restoration planning and monitoring can drive restoration actions on the ground and contribute significantly to meeting the ambitious targets of the restoration, biodiversity and climate agendas.

This session will spotlight key solutions and highlight ongoing challenges in ecosystem restoration monitoring with a focus on drylands. The session will feature a soft launch of the Framework For Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) with a special focus on the integration and implementation of the Drylands Restoration Monitoring Platform (DRIP) developed by FAO in support of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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