Measuring the biomass of a mangrove forest

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A global map indicating the locations of mangrover forests.
Researchers are attempting to learn how mangrove forests affect their environment (image credit: NASA Earth Observatory).

How much carbon dioxide can a tree absorb and store? That's a tough question to answer. A group from the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center went to Pongara National Park in Gabon to gather data on a massive Mangrove forest: the structure of the trees, their thickness and density, and even the biomass below the ground. These data will help answer questions on carbon storage, coastline degradation, and help them compare to other mangrove forest structures around the world.

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Measuring the biomass of a mangrove forest
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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.