Nice blog post giving a good introduction to AGB estimation using remote sensing. Wish it would have also mentioned the upcoming ESA BIOMASS radar mission.
Forest and Greenhouse Effect – Sink or Source?
Forests play an important role in maintaining the global carbon as they are the primary source of biomass which in turn contains a vast reserve of carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas. Of all terrestrial ecosystems, forests contain the largest store of carbon and have a large biomass per unit area. The main carbon pools in forests are plant biomass (above- and below-ground), coarse woody debris, litter and soil containing organic and inorganic carbon (Nizami et al, 2009). The ability of forests to both sequester and emit greenhouse gases coupled with ongoing widespread deforestation has resulted in forests and land-use change.
Since we were kids, we were all told in biology class that vegetation can absorb carbon dioxide from atmosphere, stored as organics and release oxygen through photosynthesis. In fact, there are other processes that we are not familiar with. The carbon which forest…
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