Cisco has teamed up with NASA to help analyse climate change, with the two organisations aiming to develop online tools that will assist in decisions regarding emission controls.
The first part of the "Planetrary Skin" initiative, which will act as a pilot project, will focus on the world's rain forests and deforestation.
The monitoring system will use NASA sensors and Cisco networking to deliver public data that is verified and can be relied on by all parties seeking clarity on emission reductions.
The independent monitoring will indicate which countries are emitting what, and how much of it.
Eventually, the project will be able to provide a level of detail that will analyse regions, towns and even households on carbon emissions.
Cisco will invest about $50-million in the initiative.