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Vegetation Structure in the Great Smoky Mountains

Submitted by ORNL DAAC Staff on 2018-02-02
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Map shows thirty unique vegetation canopy structure classes identified within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
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This overview map shows thirty unique vegetation canopy structure classes identified within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, USA.

LiDAR-derived Vegetation Canopy Structure, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2011

This revised dataset presents an updated characterization of vegetation canopy structure across the entire area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (over 2,114 square kilometers).

The data provides multiple-return LiDAR-derived vegetation canopy structure at 30-meter spatial resolution for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Canopy characteristics were analyzed using high resolution three-dimensional point cloud measurements gathered between February-April 2011 for Tennessee and during March-April 2005 for North Carolina sections of the park. Vegetation types were mapped by grouping areas with similar canopy structure. The map was compared and validated against existing vegetation maps for the park.

Data Citation:
Kumar, J., J. Weiner, W.W. Hargrove, S.P. Norman, F.M. Hoffman, and D. Newcomb. 2017. LiDAR-derived Vegetation Canopy Structure, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2011. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1286
Data center: ORNL DAAC
Sponsor: NASA EOSDIS

Map shows thirty unique vegetation canopy structure classes identified within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park