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University Of Maryland Researchers Will Study Forests With NASA Laser Instrument

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September 13, 1999
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A NASA research aircraft will fly over selected U.S. forests this month with an innovative laser instrument to find out for the first time just how much vegetation is in these forests. When this technology is launched into space next year aboard the NASA/University of Maryland Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL)spacecraft, it will create the first global maps of forest vegetation.

COLLEGE PARK -- A NASA research aircraft will fly over selected U.S. forests this month with an innovative laser instrument to find out for the first time just how much vegetation is in these forests. When this technology is launched into space next year aboard the NASA/University of Maryland Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL)spacecraft, it will create the first global maps of forest vegetation. Scientists will use these maps to monitor the health of forests and the capacity of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


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