GEDI Lidar (PI:Ralph Dubayah) selected for the Earth Ventures Instrument program.
GEDI Lidar was selected by NASA as part of the Earth Ventures Instrument program for $94 M. It will be deployed on the International Space Station where it joins a growing suite of instruments providing key observations of the Earth's environment. GEDI Lidar is led by the University of Maryland in strong collaboration with NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC). GSFC is the world leader in laser-based remote sensing and will be responsible for constructing and delivering the instrument. GSFC earth scientists will also participate in the development of the mission and analysis of the science data.
Ralph Dubayah is the Principal Investigator of the mission. He is joined at UMD by several Co-Investigators, including Professors Matt Hansen, George Hurtt, and Research Assistant Professor Anu Swatantran. In addition, other Co-Investigators are participating from Woods Hole Research Center, the US Forest Service, and Brown University. GEDI also has collaborations in place with the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Space Agency, the Canadian Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UMass Boston, the World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International.
Scheduled for deployment on the ISS in 2019, data from GEDI will be used create a variety of products, include canopy height and structure, forest carbon and carbon change. In addition, these data will be used drive global ecosystem models to assess the impacts of changes in land use on atmospheric carbon under various climate change scenarios.