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Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Webinar #55

Posted on March 30, 2023 - 7:37 AM CDT

2/7/2023 (Tue)- 12:00 PM to 3/30/2023 - 1:30 PM CDT

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Event information

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (6:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CET). The State of Trees - March 2023: May the Forest Be With You: Mapping Ecosystem Structure and Understanding Global Carbon Balance with GEDI. 

This was the 55th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, measures the 3D structure of Earth from the International Space Station using near-infrared lasers.  The data that GEDI collects are immensely valuable for improving our understanding of the world's forests and complex carbon cycles.  In this presentation, GEDI scientist Dr. Adrián Pascual and research assistant Ms. Tali Schwelling, discussed GEDI mission status, future challenges and goals, the exciting ways in which GEDI is being used by scientists and stakeholders today, and why GEDI is important for studying trees even in our own backyards. Following the featured presentation, Peder Nelson brought us back to the GEDI data-rich Global Forest Canopy Height online tool. We introduced the upcoming 1-Week Paired Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) Towards the end of the webinar, we revisited the call, from the February 14 webinar, to all our campaign students (and teachers) about interviewing elders in the local community about the local changes in land cover and tree height over the last 10, 20, 50 years. The webinar was attended by student, educator, and researcher participants from 18 GLOBE countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan Partnership, Slovenia, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States (including Puerto Rico).