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GLOBE Database Receives 15,000th NASA GLOBE Observer Tree Height Observation in April 2020
In April 2020, the GLOBE database received its 15,000th NASA GLOBE Observer Trees Tool tree height observation. The 15,000 observations have come from over 8,000 observation locations around the world.
Tree height is the most widely used indicator of an ecosystem’s ability to grow trees. Observing tree height allows NASA scientists to understand the gain or loss of biomass which can inform calculations of the carbon that trees and forests either take in from or release into the atmosphere. Tracking how trees are changing over time can help us estimate the number of trees that make up an area.
Ground sources of data are also needed to verify the measurements from satellites, and citizen science data can help fill in gaps in that data. For example, tree height measurements could help scientists working on NASA missions.
The GLOBE Program would like to thank all the GLOBE citizen scientists for all their amazing observations of tree height.
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office