|Estimating the carbon in forests around the world
"We need to predict the future trajectory of forests," says STRI staff scientist Helene Muller-Landau. "In doing so, we will better understand if we are likely to have a bigger or smaller carbon or global warming problem based on human-generated emissions."
The amount of carbon in forests may differ radically from site to site. Muller-Landau coordinates on-the-ground measurements of carbon in different forests around the world as part of the ForestGEO project. As a modeler, she interprets carbon data in ways that are not only useful for understanding how forests function, but also help to "ground-truth" or validate remote measurements of forest carbon from LiDAR overflights and satellites. Her calculations contribute to the process of scaling up from actual physical measurements of tree girth and height to regional carbon estimates.
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