GlobBiomass

GlobBiomass

The Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR) is one of the main partners of the recently started project ESA DUE-GlobBiomass. The kick-off meeting took place at ESA's centre for Earth observation (ESRIN) in Frascati (Italy) on the 26 January 2015. GlobBiomass follows the path of well-known previous DUE GlobSeries projects such as GlobCover.

ESA DUE GlobSeries projects

The main purpose of the GlobBiomass project is to better characterize and to reduce uncertainties of forest aboveground biomass estimates by developing innovative synergistic mapping approaches in five regional sites for the epochs 2005, 2010 and 2015 and for one global map for the year 2010.

The project team includes the leading Earth Observation experts of Europe and is linked through Partnership Agreements with further national bodies from Brazil, Canada, China, Russia and South Africa. The international consortium of universities, research centres, and companies is coordinated by the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena in Germany.

GlobBiomass Team

GlobBiomass Regional Developers meeting at CLCR, September 2015

The University of Leicester acts as coordinator of the regional mapping task where biomass stock and change maps with medium spatial resolution (50 - 150 m) and with a multi‑temporal approach comprising three epochs (2005, 2010 and 2015) will be developed for five regions covering some of the most important forest biomes in the world. The study areas are located in Poland (Temperate forest), Sweden (Boreal forest), Indonesia (Tropical forest), Mexico (Tropical-woodland transition), and Northern Congo (Forest-savanna mosaic). Aside from the task leading role, the University of Leicester will be in charge of one of the regional sites (Mexico).

GlobBiomass Mexico Map

Image: Forest Aboveground Biomass map at 25m spatial resolution over the Yucatan peninsula for 2010.

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Prof. Heiko Balzter

Director

Centre for Landscape and Climate Research

University of Leicester
Bennett Building
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH,

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3820
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3854
email: clcr@le.ac.uk