Tree Height Maps

Scientists from NASA created the map of the height of the planet’s forest.

The map was generated using 2.5 million by laser pulse measurements from space.

NASA Tree Height Map
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According to the map, forest heights decrease at a higher elevation and are highest at low latitudes, decreasing in height the farther they are from the tropics (except 40° south latitude in southern temperate rainforests in Australia and New Zealand).

The maps below are done with tree height treated as elevation to give a sort of canopy topography map.

Western North America

Tree height in western United States
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Eastern North America

Tree Height easter United States
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South America

Tree Height in the Amazon
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Europe

Tree height in eastern Europe
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Southeast Asia

The Height in Southeast Asia
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Central Africa

Tree height in the Congo
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Australia

Tree height in Australia
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The highest forests concentrated in mountain areas.

Mountain areas don’t have agricultural value and are difficult to log another factor. Moreover, the mountains also serve to increase precipitation and rainfall.

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