The Biomass mission's novel space radar will make 3D maps of forests, improving our understanding of how carbon is cycled through the Earth system. Its
data will be important for climate research, and will create a baseline for treaties that seek to monitor the status of global forest resources.
The spacecraft is to be assembled by the UK arm of Airbus Defence and Space. “This will give us unprecedented information on deforestation - on how much
carbon is going into the atmosphere from this source. At the same time, we'll also see how much carbon is being taken up in regrowth," the Sheffield
University scientist told BBC News
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