Mapping the world’s biomass to better tackle deforestation

Published on
April 13, 2016

By combining satellite with on-the-ground data, new map offers more accurate biomass information.

The work of Valerio Avitabile and Martin Herold has been higlighted in Forest news, of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

One of the early successes in efforts to combat global warming has been a renewed push to tackle deforestation in some of the world’s last remaining tropical rainforests.

But, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program – a UN effort to improve forest management in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – has suffered from a lack of dependable data to assist policy makers in quantifying how much biomass is present in the forests of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.