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NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light

February 17, 2012



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-->PASADENA, Calif. - A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests. The map will help scientists better understand the role forests play in climate change and how their heights influence wildlife habitats within them, while also helping them quantify the carbon stored in Earth's vegetation.

Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, Mass., created the map using 2.5 million carefully screened, globally distributed laser pulse measurements from space. The light detection and ranging (lidar)

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Added: Feb-17-2012 Occurred On: Feb-17-2012
By: DiaperPudding
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Science and Technology
Tags: Nasa, earth, trees, tree height, Geoscience Laser Altimeter System instrument on NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)
Location: Pasadena, California, United States (load item map)
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