The force is strong with space lasers helping researchers map the Amazon in 3D

  • Since 2018, the GEDI mission has employed lasers on the International Space Station to measure the biomass density of forests on Earth.
  • The information helps us understand how deforestation contributes to worsening climate change via increases in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide.
  • In the Amazon rainforest, data from the mission have highlighted specific areas that could benefit from carbon-based conservation.

For decades, satellite images have clearly captured how rampant deforestation is destroying the Amazon rainforest. But what about the trees that remain standing? What do their dimensions tell us about our planet’s future? Quite a lot, in fact.

Since 2018, a first-of-its-kind mission by NASA has deployed lasers mounted aboard the International Space Station to measure…

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