03 Oct '11, 12pm

A Revolutionary Technology is Unlocking Secrets of the Forest

A Revolutionary Technology is Unlocking Secrets of the Forest

A Revolutionary Technology is Unlocking Secrets of the Forest A new imaging system that uses a suite of airborne sensors is capable of providing detailed, three-dimensional pictures of tropical forests — including the species they contain and the amount of CO2 they store — at astonishing speed. These advances could play a key role in preserving the world’s beleaguered rainforests. by rhett butler This summer, high above the Amazon rainforest in Peru, a team of scientists and technicians conducted an ambitious experiment using a pioneering technology. Deploying a pair of sweeping lasers that sent 400,000 pulses per second toward the ground, as well as an imaging spectrometer that could detect the chemical and light-reflecting properties of individual plants and trees 7,000 feet below, the researchers were able to instantaneously gather a vast amount of information about the...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/carnegie_airborne_observator...

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