Weighing Trees with Lidar

It seems like an odd way to describe the work but researchers at the University College of London are reporting their success with the use of laser scanning to calculate the weight of living trees. They are claiming that this is a more accurate method than others for calculating the biomass of the tree.

The study authors believe it could be used in monitoring carbon stocks for climate policy. Both above-ground biomass and carbon stocks are important details for UN-REDD, the United Nations initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation that is striving to keep the destruction of forests in check and thereby preserve the uptake of carbon by trees.

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