Quantifying Forest Biomass Carbon Stocks From Space

Pedro Rodríguez-Veiga, James Wheeler, Valentin Louis, Kevin Tansey, Heiko Balzter
2017 Current Forestry Reports  
Purpose of Review This review presents cutting-edge methods and current and forthcoming satellite remote sensing technologies to map aboveground biomass (AGB). Recent Findings The monitoring of carbon stored in living AGB of forest is of key importance to understand the global carbon cycle and for the functioning of international economic mechanisms aiming to protect and enhance forest carbon stocks. The main challenge of monitoring AGB lies in the difficulty of obtaining field measurements and
more » ... allometric models in several parts of the world due to geographical remoteness, lack of capacity, data paucity or armed conflicts. Space-borne remote sensing in combination with ground measurements is the most cost-efficient technology to undertake the monitoring of AGB. Summary These approaches face several challenges: lack of ground data for calibration/validation purposes, signal saturation in high AGB, coverage of the sensor, cloud cover persistence or complex signal retrieval due to topography. New space-borne sensors to be launched in the coming years will allow accurate measurements of AGB in high biomass forests (>200 t ha −1 ) for the first time across large areas.
doi:10.1007/s40725-017-0052-5 fatcat:3igema6jp5gg7p6n4s336kavfa