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Space-based measurement of forests for carbon cycle research

Mat Disney invited to Bern workshop

Space-based measurement of forests for carbon cycle research

On 6-10 November, Dr Mat Disney was invited to a workshop at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, on Space-Based Measurement of Forest Properties for Carbon Cycle Research, where scientists, engineers and space agency representatives discussed the scientific opportunities offered by forthcoming missions.

Modern instruments will allow knowledge of forest structure to be improved, including the amount of carbon they can store and how this is changing with climate and disturbances.

The various missions represented at the workshop (including ESA's BIOMASS, NASA's GEDI, NASA-ISRO NISAR, DLR TaNDEM-L and others) will provide different, complementary information, so that the challenge will be how to work together to maximise this synergy.

Discussions focused on key science questions and societal challenges in carbon cycle science, and how best to collaborate to exploit various mission strengths to address these issues.

Mat spoke about his work in terrestrial laser scanning of forest biomass, which is likely to be a key part of the calibration and validation activities for the missions.

He also attended as co-chair of the NASA Land Product Validation Sub-group, convened to define best practice protocols for validating satellite observations of forest biomass. With his fellow chairs Dr Laura Duncanson and Dr John Armston, he began gathering views at the meeting on how biomass validation can make progress.

Mat was also particularly happy that they were able to find a large tree just outside the venue, for the workshop photograph!



Attendees of the workshop

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