As you may know, the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will launch on September 15, 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The ICESat-2 satellite will use an on-board laser altimeter system to measure the height of Earth. Measurements of ice sheets, sea ice, bodies of water, mountains are all part of what ICESat-2 will measure.
For our collaboration with The GLOBE Program, we want to focus on one exciting variable that the ICESat-2 satellite will measure, TREE HEIGHT! GLOBE has several ways to measure tree height. You can find them HERE, as part of the Biometry Protocol.
As you know, there will be an upcoming GLOBE Land Cover/Tree Height Campaign and we want to really kick it off by getting as many global tree height measurements as we can, beginning on the day the ICESat-2 satellite launches into space:
SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
So, dust off your clinometers, grab some straws, string, tape measures and some tape, and let's get some awesome tree height measurements. Once the satellite is in orbit and taking measurements, you will be able to compare your tree height data to the tree height data from ICESat-2.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov