Title: The importance of consistent global forest aboveground biomass product validation
Authors: DUNCANSON LAURAARMSTON JOHNDISNEY MATHIASAVITABILE VALERIOBARBIER NICOLASCALDERS KIMCARTER SARAHCHAVE JEROMEHEROLD MARTINCROWTHER THOMASFALKOWSKI MICHAELKELLNER JAMESLABRIERE NICOLASLUCAS RICHARDMACBEAN NATASHAMCROBERTS RONALDMEYER VICTORIANAESSET ERIKNICKESON JAIMEPAUL KERINPHILLIPS OLIVER L.REJOU-MECHAIN MAXIMEROMAN MIGUEL O.ROXBURGH STEPHENSAATCHI SASSANSCHEPASCHENKO DMITRYSCIPAL K.SIQUEIRA PAULWHITEHURST AMANDAWILLIAMS MATTHEW
Citation: SURVEYS IN GEOPHYSICS vol. 40 no. 4 p. 979-999
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC115869
ISSN: 0169-3298 (online)
URI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10712-019-09538-8
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC115869
DOI: 10.1007/s10712-019-09538-8
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Several upcoming satellite missions have core science requirements to produce data for accurate forest aboveground biomass mapping. Largely because of these mission datasets, the number of available biomass products is expected to greatly increase over the coming decade. Despite the recognized importance of biomass mapping for a wide range of science, policy and management applications, there remains no community accepted standard for satellite-based biomass map validation. The Committee of Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) is developing a protocol to fill this need in advance of the next generation of biomass relevant satellites, and this paper presents a review of biomass validation practices from a CEOS perspective. We outline the wide range of anticipated user requirements for product accuracy assessment, and provide recommendations for the validation of biomass products. These recommendations include the collection of new, high quality in situ data, and the use of airborne lidar biomass maps as tools toward transparent multi-resolution validation. Adoption of community-vetted validation standards and practices will facilitate the uptake of the next generation of biomass products.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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