3D Mapping Earth Forests project of NASAMisc - September 12, 2014
Today, we point out an interesting article on ZeeNews about NASA development of the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar device, designed to map Earth Forests in 3D.
A laser-based system will provide forests depths from space measuring the distance from the space-based instrument to Earth’s surface. With a such accuracy, it detects subtle variations, including the tops of trees, the ground, and the vertical distribution of above ground bio-mass in forests.
However, NASA project is also developed to understand the role of Earth Forests in the carbon cycle. By revealing the 3D forests structure, GEDI device provides essential information in order to measure the impact of carbon trees from the atmosphere.
NASA said GEDI will be ready in 2018.