Bringing together users and developers of forest biomass maps



NASA Carbon Monitoring System Briefing: Steps Towards Improved Measurements of Biomass and Resources for the Future; Washington, D. C., 9 September 2011 Forests store carbon and thus represent important sinks for atmospheric carbon dioxide. Reducing uncertainty in current estimates of the amount of carbon in standing forests will improve precision of estimates of anthropogenic contributions to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to deforestation. Although satellite remote sensing has long been an important tool for mapping land cover, until recently aboveground forest biomass estimates have relied mostly on systematic ground sampling of forests.