Global rainforest carbon map released online

19 March 2012

Researchers have posted carbon stock data for the world's tropical forests on ArcGIS Online, a web-based mapping platform developed by Esri.

The data, based on satellite measurements from NASA including LiDAR and MoDIS data as well as on-the-ground field measurements, reveals the biomass of tropical forests at a 500-meter resolution, the highest resolution ever published on a global scale. Rainforests in the Amazon, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Congo Basin are particularly carbon-dense, reflecting the importance of conserving these areas for climate change mitigation efforts.