The European Space Agency is planning the launch of the Biomass satellite, which will be capable of calculating the mass of tree trunks and larger branches, BBC News has reported.
The satellite, Biomass, will be launched in 2020 and use radar to measure the size and scope of the world’s forests. The radar will be able to penetrate forests’ dense canopies and reflect off of the substantial woody portions of trees.
This data could be instrumental in helping researchers quantify the amount of carbon stored in the world’s forests and could help scientists better understand the role that trees play in regulating carbon and controlling global climate.
Image: Biomass reflector antenna (Credit: ESA)