GEDI Successfully Launched
One component of S2L is to assess the relative strengths, weaknesses, and synergies of current and future remote sensing technology for predicting the spatial distribution of individual bird species and overall richness across a range of ecosystems. GEDI is one such remote sensing technology the project will assess, and is a cutting-edge space-based lidar technology designed to collect data on topography, canopy height, canopy cover, and vertical structure, all on a global scale while docked on a space station orbiting the earth. The GEDI instrument was successfully launched in December, and should be ready to start collecting data by the end of February. Learn more about the launch.