LBA-ECO LC-15 Amazon Basin Aboveground Live Biomass Distribution Map: 1990-2000

S.S. SAATCHI, R.A. HOUGHTON, D. ALVES & B. NELSON
The amount and spatial distribution of forest biomass in the Amazon basin is a major source of uncertainty in estimating the flux of carbon released from land-cover and landuse change. Direct measurements of aboveground live biomass (AGLB) are limited to small areas of forest inventory plots and site-specific allometric equations that cannot be readily generalized for the entire basin. Furthermore, there is no space-borne remote sensing instrument that can measure tropical forest biomass directly. To...
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