Articles | Volume 15, issue 11
Research article
08 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 08 Jun 2018

Canopy area of large trees explains aboveground biomass variations across neotropical forest landscapes

Victoria Meyer, Sassan Saatchi, David B. Clark, Michael Keller, Grégoire Vincent, António Ferraz, Fernando Espírito-Santo, Marcus V. N. d'Oliveira, Dahlia Kaki, and Jérôme Chave


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Apr 2018) by Jochen Schöngart
AR by Victoria Meyer on behalf of the Authors (22 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (12 May 2018) by Jochen Schöngart
AR by Victoria Meyer on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
This study shows how a simple lidar-derived metric measuring the area covered by large trees (> 27 m) can explain biomass variations across the Neotropics. The importance of this metric is in its relevance to the structural and ecological characteristics of large trees and their unique contribution in determining the biomass of forests. Our results point toward simplified ground data collection and potential algorithms for future space missions focusing on biomass estimation.
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