Scientists Using LiDAR to Assess Biomass From Space

In a recently published article in Space Daily they reported that a team of scientists from NASA, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State University have come up with a new method for estimating the biomass stores using the LiDAR data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) aboard the Ice Cloud and Elevation Satellite (ICESat).

Their results compared favorably with traditional methods that are being used to estimate the biomass for the entire state of California. Co-editor in Chief of Carbon Balance and Management, Dr Burke Hales said, “The GLAS approach shows promise in standardizing global forest biomass inventory, and in improving spatial and temporal coverage more quickly, easily, and most likely cheaply than traditional methods.

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