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Biomass of Boreal Forests in Eurasia

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Eurasia boreal forests aboveground carbon estimates
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Eurasia boreal forests aboveground carbon estimates (Neigh et al., 2013).

LiDAR measurements were used in a series of models to estimate aboveground biomass (AGB) across the boreal forest biome of western and eastern Eurasia.

LiDAR-based Biomass Estimates, Boreal Forest Biome, Eurasia, 2005-2006

Aboveground biomass (AGB) was estimated for defined land cover types within World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) ecoregions across the boreal biome of western and eastern Eurasia, roughly between 50 and 70 degrees N. The study focused on within-growing-season data, i.e., leaf-on conditions. The AGB estimates were derived from a series of models that first related ground-based measured biomass to airborne data and a second set of models that related the airborne estimates to Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) LiDAR canopy structure measurements. The ground, airborne, and GLAS measurements were used to formulate the models needed to generate biomass predictions for western Eurasia. Eastern Eurasia employed a two-phase approach relating field measurements directly to the GLAS measurements without the airborne intermediary.

To view complete documentation and access the data, visit the data set web pages at http://daac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/dsviewer.pl?ds_id=1278

Data Acknowledgements:
Data authors: Neigh, C.S., R.F. Nelson, K.J. Ranson, H. Margolis, P.M. Montesano, G. Sun, V. Kharuk, E. Naesset, M.A. Wulder, and H. Anderson.
Data center: ORNL DAAC (http://daac.ornl.gov)
Sponsor: NASA EOSDIS (http://earthdata.nasa.gov)
Data Set DOI: 10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1278

Eurasia boreal forests aboveground carbon estimates