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Weighing trees with lasers

Mat Disney and team in Gabon

Weighing trees with lasers

Dr Mat Disney and his team have recently returned from fieldwork in Gabon, scanning tropical forests with their laser instrument to measure carbon and forest structure.

The work is supported by a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project, "Weighing trees with lasers across the tropics", with UCL Geography colleagues Dr Simon Turner and Professor Philip Lewis, and, in Gabon, with the Gabonese National Parks Agency.

This project is also associated with colleagues at NASA and the European Space Agency, which plan to launch two new satellites to measure tropical forests: the GEDI laser mission in 2019 (NASA) and the BIOMASS radar in 2020 (ESA).


The team after finishing two of the main plots, near Libreville, the capital of Gabon.