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Canopy Height and Biomass from LiDAR Surveys at La Selva, Costa Rica, 1998 and 2005

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Data setCanopy Height and Biomass from LiDAR Surveys at La Selva, Costa Rica, 1998 and 2005
Release date2016-03-30
ProjectVegetation Collection
Time Period1998-03-01 to 2005-03-31


This data set contains land-use, canopy height, and aboveground carbon estimates derived from LiDAR data collected at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica in March 1998 and March 2005. The data are provided as GeoTIFFs (*.tif) of 100-m (1-ha) resolution. A look-up table is provided that relates modeled changes in height to changes in stand characteristics (including age and carbon content). The data were used to test the accuracy and scale-dependency of high-resolution predictions of vegetation dynamics and carbon flux by the Ecosystem Demography (ED). The ED model is an individual-based terrestrial ecosystem model that predicts both ecosystem structure and corresponding ecosystem fluxes from climate, soil, and land-use inputs.


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Hurtt, G.C., R.Q. Thomas, J. Fisk, R.O. Dubayah, and S.L. Sheldon. 2016. Canopy Height and Biomass from LiDAR Surveys at La Selva, Costa Rica, 1998 and 2005. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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  • LaSelva_Land_Use_figure1.png
  • CMS_LaSelva_Land_Use.pdf

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
ED_predictions_by_height_class.csv 2.9KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls05_cnt.tif 2.7KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls05_ht.tif 9.4KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls98_cnt.tif 2.6KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls98_ht.tif 8.9KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls_ed_delta_ht.tif 2.6KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31
ls_lu.tif 1.3KB 1998-03-01 - 2005-03-31

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