New Map Depicts Global Forest Heights

Posted on July 21, 2010

Tree Canopy Height Map

NASA reports that scientists have created a new map using NASA satellite data that details the height of he world's forest. The map is based on data collectoin by NASA's ICESat, Terra, and Aqua satellites. One of the ways scientists will use the map will be to build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast that carbon cycles through ecosystems and back into the atmosphere.

You can see a much larger version of the map here. You can also view a map here that shows the height of forest in the United States.

Image: NASA Earth Observatory/Image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/Based on data from Michael Lefsky

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