PCI Geomatics has donated its geospatial software suite, Geomatica, to the scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center. Geomatica will be used to assist in the production of a high-resolution National Biomass and Carbon Dataset for the year 2000 (NBCD2000). Through a combination of 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), topographic survey, land-use, land-cover, and extensive forest inventory data sets collected by the U.S. Forest Service, this dataset will serve as a baseline for carbon stock assessment and flux modeling in the United States. Geomatica will be instrumental in facilitating the successful development of this project.
The NBCD2000 project, funded by NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program, combines vegetation canopy heights derived from digital elevation data collected during the 2000 SRTM. The mission mapped 80 percent of the Earth’s land mass with a radar instrument, producing the most complete digital surface map of Earth. In combination with the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and National Elevation Datasets (NED), a high-resolution database of circa-2000 vegetation canopy heights, aboveground biomass, and carbon stocks for the continental United States is generated, providing an unprecedented baseline against which to compare data products from the next generation of advanced Earth observing, remote sensing platforms.