Neural Network Generates Global Tree Height Map, Reveals Carbon Stock Potential

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A new study from researchers at ETH Zurich's EcoVision Lab is the first to produce an interactive Global Canopy Height map. Using a newly developed deep learning algorithm that processes publicly available satellite images, the study could help scientists identify areas of ecosystem degradation and deforestation. The work could also guide sustainable forest management by identifying areas for prime carbon storage--a cornerstone in mitigating climate change. "Global high-resolution data on vegetation characteristics are needed to sustainably manage terrestrial ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and prevent biodiversity loss. With this project, we aim to fill the missing data gaps by merging data from two space missions with the help of deep learning," said Konrad Schindler, a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich.

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