Carnegie Institution builds carbon map of Panama

By on July 30, 2013
Image: Carbon map of Panama (Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science)

Image: Carbon map of Panama (Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science)

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science have led the way in developing the first high-fidelity map of aboveground carbon density for an entire country, the institute has reported.

Researchers combined field data, satellite images and high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to map vegetation and carbon stocks in the Republic of Panama.

The result was a comprehensive map that provided detailed carbon analysis on both the micro and macro levels. Carbon outputs were accurately mapped in areas as small as a hectare as well as over the entire country.

Being able to successfully map carbon emissions is a step forward in the fight to limit greenhouse gases and slow global warming.

Image: Carbon map of Panama (Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science)

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