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A Clearer Picture of Tropical Carbon

A Clearer Picture of Tropical Carbon

Woods Hole Research Center Above-ground biomass in southern Asia and Oceania, based on data gathered by laser satellite technology. Dark green indicates the highest potential for carbon storage. Tropical forests, alongside boreal forests and wetlands, are prime ecosystems for storing carbon. Now, researchers have created a new high-resolution map of carbon storage in tropical forests that could play an important role in effective forest management. Shades of russet, yellow and deep green between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn circle the globe, providing the clearest picture yet of the world’s above-ground tropical biomass – essentially, plants and trees. The data are mapped at a resolution that is four times greater than any other previous measurements . Researchers led by Alessandro Baccini at the nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center gathered two years of laser satel...

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