Pantropical structure and biomass mapping using the fusion of GEDI and TanDEM-X data for US Forest Service Applications

Project Description

This project is focused on the development of fusion algorithms leading to wall-to-wall estimates of forest canopy height, structure, and biomass, all of which are highly relevant to important United States Forest Service (USFS) applications in fire modeling and forest inventory. It combines observations from the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) with the coverage of interferometric observations  provided by DLR’s TanDEM-X (TDX) mission. The researchers will work closely with USFS colleagues towards enabling the outputs of the research, including data, methods, and training in these two areas.

Project Lead

Ralph Dubayah, PhD, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional Collaborators

Birgit Peterson, PhD, United States Geological Service (USGS)

Karen Schleeweis, PhD, Ecologist, United States Forest Service (USFS)