27 Jun '11, 3pm

NASA Map Tracks Carbon Stored in Tropical Forests

NASA Map Tracks Carbon Stored in Tropical Forests

A new NASA map now quantifies the amount of carbon that is stored in tropical forests. The NASA-led research team used ground and satellite data to locate and measure the amount of carbon stored in Earth’s tropical trees and forests provided this exciting work for those tracking carbon emissions. Based on data from the early 2000s, the map details 2.5 million hectares of tropical forest located in 75 countries. This data shows that tropical forests contain 247 billion tons of carbon, almost half is held in Latin American forests. Almost the same carbon stock is stored in sub-Saharan Africa in its entirety, compared with 61 billion tons of carbon stored in Brazilian forests alone. “These patterns of carbon storage, which we really didn’t know before, depend on climate, soil, topography and the history of human or natural disturbance of the forests,” said Sassan Saatchi of N...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/27/nasa-map-tracks-carbo...

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