We breathe in the oxygen they produce, clamber up their branches, pick their delicious fruits and sit in their shade – and now it’s time for trees to have the spotlight!
The ICESat-2 mission wants to meet you and your favorite tree. It could be a giant sequoia or a maple sapling, a wetland mangrove or a desert cactus. It could be a favorite climbing tree, a place for reflection, a support for a swing, or anything else meaningful to you. Create a short video starring you and your tree, and it could be included in a NASA video feature on an upcoming citizen science project.
Once it’s in orbit later this year, ICESat-2 will measure the height of Earth’s surface below, from ice to oceans to forests. As the satellite scans the forests, we want you to help with the trees in your neighborhood.
Send your videos to: NASAtrees@gmail.com
Members of the AfriSAR team, Sassan Saatchi (left) from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Laura Duncanson (right) from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center take measurements of trees in the rainforest in the Mondah National Park, Gabon. CREDIT: NASA/Carla Thomas.