Global Forest Canopy Height, 2005

Dataset Availability
2005-05-20T00:00:00Z - 2005-06-23T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
Earth Engine Snippet
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This dataset represents global tree heights based on a fusion of spaceborne-lidar data (2005) from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) and ancillary geospatial data. See Simard et al. (2011) for details.


927.67 meters


Name Units Min Max Description
1 m 0* 73*

Tree heights

* estimated min or max value

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  • Simard, M., Pinto, N., Fisher, J., Baccini, A. 2011. Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar. Journal of Geophysical Research. 116: G04021. doi:10.1029/2011JG001708

Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.Image('NASA/JPL/global_forest_canopy_height_2005');
var forestCanopyHeight ='1');
var forestCanopyHeightVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 30.0,
  palette: [
    'ffffff', 'fcd163', '99b718', '66a000', '3e8601', '207401', '056201',
    '004c00', '011301'
Map.setCenter(-28.1, 28.3, 1);
Map.addLayer(forestCanopyHeight, forestCanopyHeightVis, 'Forest Canopy Height');