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Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI)


[GEDI Logo]The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) produces high resolution laser ranging observations of the 3D structure of the Earth. GEDIís precise measurements of forest canopy height, canopy vertical structure, and surface elevation greatly advance our ability to characterize important carbon and water cycling processes, biodiversity, and habitat. GEDI was funded as a NASA Earth Ventures Instrument (EVI) mission. It was launched to the International Space Station in December 2018 and completed initial orbit checkout in April 2019.
The lower-level science data products (L1B, L2A, and L2B) are available from the Land Processes DAAC (, and the higher-level products (L3, L4A, and L4B) are available from ORNL DAAC. L3 provides gridded canopy and land surface metrics. L4A and L4B provide aboveground biomass density at footprint and grid levels.

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Datasets List

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Derived (3 datasets)

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*Global Vegetation Height Metrics from GEDI and ICESat22024-03-07 user guide
*Pantropical Forest Height and Biomass from GEDI and TanDEM-X Data Fusion2024-02-29 user guide
*GEDI L4B Country-level Summaries of Aboveground Biomass2023-12-06 user guide download 1.5MB

Mission (5 datasets)

select all Mission GEDI dataset Published User Guide Download Size SDAT
*GEDI L4C Footprint Level Waveform Structural Complexity Index, Version 2 NEW2024-05-21 user guide
*GEDI L4A Footprint Level Aboveground Biomass Density, Version 2.12022-03-17 user guide
*GEDI L4B Gridded Aboveground Biomass Density, Version 2.12023-10-29 user guide download 2.2GB
*GEDI L3 Gridded Land Surface Metrics, Version 22021-11-23 user guide download 12.0GBsdat
*GEDI L4A Footprint Level Aboveground Biomass Density, Golden Weeks, Version 12022-02-14 user guide

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