Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 15, 3811–3830, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-3811-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 3811–3830, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-3811-2018
Research article
22 Jun 2018
Research article | 22 Jun 2018

Estimating aboveground carbon density and its uncertainty in Borneo's structurally complex tropical forests using airborne laser scanning

Tommaso Jucker et al.

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Efforts to protect tropical forests hinge on recognizing the ecosystem services they provide, including their ability to store carbon. Airborne laser scanning (ALS) captures information on the 3-D structure of forests, allowing carbon stocks to be mapped. By combining ALS with data from 173 field plots on the island of Borneo, we develop a simple yet general model for estimating forest carbon stocks from the air. Our model underpins ongoing efforts to restore Borneo's unique tropical forests.
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