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BOREAS RSS-15 SIR-C and TM Biomass and Landcover Maps of the NSA and SSA

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Data setBOREAS RSS-15 SIR-C and TM Biomass and Landcover Maps of the NSA and SSA
Release date1999-12-17
ProjectBoreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study
Time Period1994-04-13 to 1995-09-02


The RSS-15 team conducted an investigation using SIR-C , X-SAR and Landsat TM data for estimating total above-ground dry biomass for the SSA and NSA modeling grids and component biomass for the SSA. Relationships of backscatter to total biomass and total biomass to foliage, branch, and bole biomass were used to estimate biomass density across the landscape.


Data set reference document


Ranson, K.J., R. Lang, and G. Sun. 1999. BOREAS RSS-15 SIR-C and TM Biomass and Landcover Maps of the NSA and SSA. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study was a large-scale international interdisciplinary experiment in the boreal forests of central Canada. Its focus was improving our understanding of the exchanges of radiative energy, sensible heat, water, CO2 and trace gases between the boreal forest and the lower atmosphere. A primary objective of BOREAS was to collect the data needed to improve computer simulation models of the important processes controlling these exchanges so that scientists can anticipate the effects of global change, principally altered temperature and precipitation patterns, on the biome.

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Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study has 3 available companion files.
  • two_d_ref.txt
  • site_ref.txt

Companion Files

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  • RSS15_SIRC_Biomass.doc
  • RSS15_SIRC_Biomass.pdf
  • ssa_data.lst
  • RSS15_SIRC_Biomass.txt
  • nsa_data.lst

Data Files

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
nsa_sir-c_cover-dg8.img 318.9 KB 1994-04-13
nsa_sir-c_cover.gz 541.8 KB 1994-04-13
nsa_sir-c_total_biomass-dg8.img 109.7 KB 1994-04-13
nsa_sir-c_total_biomass.gz 2.2 MB 1994-04-13
ssa_sir-c_branch_biomass-dg8.img 105.6 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_branch_biomass.gz 2.5 MB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_cover-dg8.img 306.6 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_cover.gz 376.1 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_foliage_biomass-dg8.img 105.6 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_foliage_biomass.gz 2.2 MB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_stem_biomass-dg8.img 105.6 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_stem_biomass.gz 2.5 MB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_total_biomass-dg8.img 105.6 KB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02
ssa_sir-c_total_biomass.gz 2.5 MB 1994-10-06 - 1995-09-02

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