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- Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems
In the Decadal Survey of Earth Science and Applications From Space, the National Research Council recognized the need for an aboveground biomass mapping capability, and put the DESDnyI (Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice) mission in the first tier of missions recommended to NASA. The DESDynI mission objective most directly relevant to the Terrestrial Ecosystem program is characterization of “the effect of changing climate and land use on specific habitats and carbon budget” through the development of globally consistent and spatially resolved estimates of aboveground biomass and carbon stocks. The ecosystem structure community has identified data fusion between polarametric backscatter and biomass estimates from lidar data as a solution to achieve both consistency and spatial resolution. That recommendation was based on the strong evidence in the literature and the judgment of the scientific community. So far, there have been no comprehensive studies that attempt to address the specific characteristics of the data fusion and an end-to-end process to produce a global vegetation structure and biomass product. Detailed studies are required at this time to identify the most promising data fusions approaches and provide a quantitative basis for determining the final mission design.
Project PI: Michael Lefsky/Colorado State University
Colorado State Univeristy Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship Forestry Building Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
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