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GEDI L4B Country-level Summaries of Aboveground Biomass


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This dataset provides country-level estimates of land surface mean aboveground biomass density (AGBD), total aboveground biomass (AGB) stocks, and the associated standard errors of the mean calculated using different versions of the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Level-4B (L4B) product. The GEDI L4B product provides gridded (1 km x 1 km) estimates of AGBD within the GEDI orbital extent (between 51.6 degrees N and 51.6 degrees S). For comparison purposes, this dataset also includes national-scale National Forest Inventory (NFI) estimates of AGBD from the 2020 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, 2020) of the United Nations. The GEDI instrument produces high-resolution laser ranging observations of the 3-dimensional structure of the Earth's surface. GEDI was launched on December 5, 2018, and is attached to the International Space Station (ISS). The GEDI instrument consists of three lasers producing a total of eight beam ground transects, which consist of ~25 m footprint samples spaced approximately every 60 m along-track. The GEDI beam transects are spaced approximately 600 m apart on the Earth's surface in the cross-track direction, for an across-track width of ~4.2 km. The data are provided in comma-separated value (CSV) format.

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Armston, J., R.O. Dubayah, S.P. Healey, Z. Yang, P.L. Patterson, S. Saarela, G. Stahl, L. Duncanson, J.R. Kellner, A. Pascual, and J. Bruening. 2023. GEDI L4B Country-level Summaries of Aboveground Biomass. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

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  • summary_country_estimates_agbd.pdf
  • GEDI_L4B_Country_Biomass.pdf