Forest Canopy Height

Forest Canopy Height
  • Credit:

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen & Robert Simmon, using data from Michael Lefsky (Colorado State University).
Using a combination of NASA satellite images and laser data, scientists have produced a first-of-its-kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. The map may help scientists build an inventory of how much of the carbon dioxide people release by burning fossil fuels gets stored by trees around the world.

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  • Data Date:

    January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    January 6, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    ICESat - GLAS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration