12 September 2014
NASA is on a roll this year, launching five probes that measure the earth's vital signs including carbon in our atmosphere.
Its latest space probe will provide the most accurate assessment yet of how much carbon is stored in the world's forests. Its unique 3D view of forests will give scientists a better understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and how to increase effectiveness of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts (how about if we just stop cutting the world's forests?).
Estimates are that forests are absorbing 25% of carbon emissions. "Lidar has the unique ability to peer into the tree canopy to precisely measure the height and internal structure of the forest at the fine scale required to accurately estimate their carbon content."
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