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National Biomass and Carbon Dataset

The Woods Hole Research Center has just completed a 2-year pilot phase for its National Biomass and Carbon Dataset 2000 (NBCD2000), a GIS data for the continental United States that will provide a “baseline data set for the assessment of the carbon stock in U.S. forest vegetation and will improve current methods of determining carbon flux between vegetation and the atmosphere.” This dataset will be especially helpful for researchers looking at issues related to greenhouse gas levels and climate change among other topics.

Based on year 2000 data, the NBCD2000 was derived from a number of base data sets provided by the USGS and others, including Shuttle Radar Topography Mission topography data, the National Elevation Dataset, the National Land Cover Database 2001, US Forest Service forest inventory data. The pilot phase mapped 5 of the 66 defined mapping zones within the US, with the remainder of the project commencing today and scheduled for completion in 2009. The NBCD2000 data will be made available for download via the USGS Seamless Data Distribution System.

Via ScienceDaily

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