Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes how laser scans of the Amazon rainforest help researchers track changes that are triggered by climate change and other influences. Airborne laser measurements of the forest’s canopy provide details about structural changes among the massive trees that could not be obtained from the ground or from space.
In particular, the experts use the laser data to investigate how climate change is affecting the ability of the rainforest to store carbon. They also use the observations to examine the impacts that logging and extreme weather events have on the forest.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard