Earth  ID: 4650

Brazilian Rainforest Logged Area Canopy Change 2013-2016

This visualization shows LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) canopy data over the Brazilian Rainforest and how successive passes between 2013 to 2016 show changes to the treetop canopies. In this particular case, the area of interest appears to have been logged due to the very high number of downed trees. Together these data points provide scientists with information on foliage distribution and the elements of tree canopy. Similar LIDAR technologies are used to measure terrain topographies on the Moon and Mars.

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Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Lead Data Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Data Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Data Visualizer
Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Data Visualizer
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Veronika Leitold (University of Maryland): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Hyeungu Choi (GST): Data Provider
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Data Used:
Airplane/G-LiHT/LiDAR 3D point cloud also referred to as: LiDAR
Observed Data - NASA/GSFC - 2013-2016
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This item is part of this series:

SVS >> Lidar
SVS >> Tree height
GCMD >> Location >> Brazil
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/engineering >> Lidar

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version