These are the days of lasers in the jungle

Joseph Mascaro, Gregory P. Asner, Stuart Davies, Alex Dehgan, Sassan Saatchi

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For tropical forest carbon to be commoditized, a consistent, globally verifiable system for reporting and monitoring carbon stocks and emissions must be achieved. We call for a global airborne LiDAR campaign that will measure the 3-D structure of each hectare of forested (and formerly forested) land in the tropics. We believe such a database could be assembled for only 5% of funding already pledged to offset tropical forest carbon emissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalCarbon Balance and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 3 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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