Aboveground woody biomass carbon dataset for the Latin American tropics and the Caribbean (~500m spatial resolution) generated by Woods Hole Research CenterÂ scientists and their collaborators.Â The Conservation Biology Institute created a continuous dataset by mosaicing national level biomass data provided by WHRC and converting it to carbon using a coefficient of 0.5 (Chave et al. 2005).Â The dataset was then converted from Float to Interger data type to minimize file size.
The pixel values are in megagrams (Mg) of Aboveground Live Woody Carbon per Hectare (Mg/Ha).
WHRC researchers produced national level maps showing the amount and spatial distribution of aboveground live woody vegetation biomass (for the period 2007-2008) using a combination of co-located field measurements, LiDAR observations and imagery recorded from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). For more information see the paper "Estimated carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation improved by carbon-density maps" in Nature Climate Change, 2012 (
Chave, J. et al. Tree allometry and improved esimation of carbon stocks and balance in tropical forests. Oecologia 145, 87-99 (2005).