Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar

  title={Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar},
  author={Marc Simard and Naiara Pinto and Joshua B. Fisher and Alessandro Baccini},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
[1] Data from spaceborne light detection and ranging (lidar) opens the possibility to map forest vertical structure globally. We present a wall-to-wall, global map of canopy height at 1-km spatial resolution, using 2005 data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) aboard ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite). A challenge in the use of GLAS data for global vegetation studies is the sparse coverage of lidar shots (mean = 121 data points/degree2 for the L3C campaign). However… 

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