ESA plans to introduce the new Earth Explorer BIOMASS. Its mission is to improve our understanding on the role of the land biosphere on the global carbon cycle, with clear implications in a context of climate change. With the help of remote sensing, the mission is the first with an operational space-borne P-Band SAR, it will collect data on the state of mainly tropical forests.
The Project Office BIOMASS is a collaboration of the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). We aim to
- synthesize, produce and disseminate relevant information within the national BIOMASS community
- identify gaps
- investigate solutions within the context of the BIOMASS mission
- establish communication to maintain a necessary dialogue within the broader context of the BIOMASS mission.
For our community, we host
- regular virtual workshops on different topics around BIOMASS
- a Summer School (2022 in Jena)
- an online presentation on all aspects of the BIOMASS mission via eo-college