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Earth's northern biomass mapped and measured

26 June 2013

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The biomass of the northern hemisphere's forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth's future climate.

Accurately measuring forest biomass and how it varies are key elements for taking stock of forests and vegetation. Since forests assist in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mapping forest biomass is also important for understanding the global carbon cycle.

In particular, northern forests - including forest soil - store a third more carbon stocks per hectare as tropical forests, making them one of the most significant carbon stores in the world.

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