Articles | Volume 15, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 15, 3377–3390, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-3377-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 3377–3390, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-3377-2018

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 et al.

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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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