Visualizing GEDI Forest Height Data

The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) produces high resolution laser ranging observations of the 3D structure of the Earth. GEDI’s precise measurements of forest canopy height, canopy vertical structure, and surface elevation greatly advance our ability to characterize important carbon and water cycling processes, biodiversity, and habitat.

This visualization depicts a global view of forest height data collected by the GEDI instrument aboard the International Space Station. Brown and dark green represent shorter vegetation. Bright green and white represent taller vegetation. This visualization uses data collected between April 2019 and April 2020. Height is exaggerated to depict variation at this scale.

This narrated version was created for the 2022 IEEE Viz4Climate – Workshop on High-Impact Techniques for Visual Climate Science Communication.

For more information, see https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4950

Date: October 30, 2021