Last fall, we were awarded a NASA grant to investigate the linkages between aboveground forest carbon (as measured via LiDAR) and carbon flux in aquatic systems. Carbon coming from terrestrial sources is actually a fairly important source of energy in nearshore marine systems, and this summer we completed a large-scale snapshot of carbon fluxes in the Heen Latinee experimental forest. The biomass map was derived via intensive field sampling coupled with high resolution LiDAR (~12 returns/m2). Processing was done in R (code available).
We're finding that there is a substantial amount of carbon in forest stocks (obviously), though it depends on the position and disturbance exposure. LiDAR is also fairly successful at identifying individual species dominance at 20m scales - great for getting at important functional groups, like alder. All in all, the project is going well - publications soon to follow.