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Carbon Mapping: National Biomass and Carbon Dataset for the Year 2000

The storage of carbon in the form of plant and soil biomass is a crucial component of climate change mitigation, and Appalachian forests provide this service in great abundance. Forest trees utilize carbon dioxide to build mass as they grow, thus removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in their own tissues. The National Biomass and Carbon Dataset for the Year 2000 provides estimates of aboveground live biomass and standing carbon stocks at high spatial resolution (30m) across the conterminous United States.

Researchers at Woods Hole Research Center used U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) inventory data combined with Landsat satellite imagery and other ancillary datasets to model plant biomass across the U.S. land surface for the baseline year 2000. Resulting maps may be used to rank different forest landscapes in terms of their carbon storage roles, to assess the vulnerability of important places to various stressors such as forest pathogens or urbanization, and for other conservation and management applications. They are also useful as communication and education tools illustrating the role that forests play in mitigating climate change.

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12/16/2015 - 22:05