The purpose of the Siberian Mapping Project is to improve forest cover maps
and create above ground biomass maps of the Siberian boreal forest. The
project is aimed at improving forest disturbance detection methods, studying
the tundra-taiga ecotone, differentiating between natural and human-caused
disturbance mechanism and mapping boreal forest structure using the Earth
Observing System ... (EOS) satellite data.
The boreal forest in the Earth's largest terrestrial biome, covering some 12
million square km and accounting for about one third of this planet's total
forest areas. Mapping of boreal forest's type, biomass, and other structural
parameters are critical for understanding the boreal forest's significance in
the carbon cycle, its response to and impact on global climate change.
[Summary provided by NASA.]