Data:Global Forest Heights


Global Forest Heights dataset information page

Short Description

Global forest canopy height

Statement: Forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar

Abstract: Data from spaceborne light detection and ranging (lidar) opens the possibility to map forest vertical structure globally. Presented here is a wall-to-wall, global map of canopy height at 1-km spatial resolution, using 2005 data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) aboard ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite).

Data format

Data type: Land Cover
Data origin: Measured
Data format: GeoTIFF, NetCDF, ASCII
Other format:
Data resolution: 1km
Datum: WGS 84 (EPSG:4326)

Data Coverage

Spatial data coverage: Global
Temporal data coverage: Time snap shot
Time period covered: 2005


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Data source:


  • Simard, M., N. Pinto, J. B. Fisher, and A. Baccini (2011), Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar, J. Geophys. Res., 116, G04021, doi:10.1029/2011JG001708.