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Markedly divergent estimates of Amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites

Mitchard, Edward T.A; Feldpausch, T R; Brienen, Roel J.W.; Lopez-Gonzalez, Gabriela; Monteagudo, Abel; Baker, Timothy R; Lewis, Simon; Lloyd, Jon; Quesada, Carlos A.; Gloor, Manuel; ter Steege, Hans; Meir, Patrick


Aim: The accurate mapping of forest carbon stocks is essential for understanding the global carbon cycle, for assessing emissions from deforestation, and for rational land-use planning. Remote sensing (RS) is currently the key tool for this purpose, but RS does not estimate vegetation biomass directly, and thus may miss significant spatial variations in forest structure. We test the stated accuracy of pantropical carbon maps using a large independent field dataset. Location: Tropical forests of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Global Ecology and Biogeography
DOI: 10.1111/geb.12168


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