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More on measuring forest biomass

European Space Agency reviews UCL research

More on measuring forest biomass

At the end of January, Professor Philip Lewis and Dr Mat Disney attended the first science workshop in Italy for the forthcoming European Space Agency BIOMASS mission (launch 2020). They were invited to explain UCL Geography’s research on tree biomass measurement and its possible role in the mission.

Reuters has also recently published a TV video about this work, in which Mat explains how laser mapping 'weighs' trees. The technique allows researchers to determine biomass and carbon stocks in forests more accurately and less destructively than by other methods.

A terrestrial laser scanner fires thousands of beams per second to help build an estimate of tree mass, combining measures of volume and wood density. The resulting carbon stock estimation may be used to inform global policies on emissions control and forest protection as they respond to climate change.

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