New calibrations of airborne LiDAR facilitate mapping of forest carbon stocks in Borneo.
The importance of degraded forest landscapes for the future of Bornean elephants is currently underestimated.
Huge mapped potential for forest conservation and climate change mitigation in northern Borneo
Regeneration of reclaimable, underproductive agriculture can play a key role in lowland tropical forest connectivity, reconnecting now isolated populations of endangered Bornean elephants.
Management and forest restoration efforts that foster taller Bornean rainforest canopies are more likely to succeed at sustaining orangutan populations over the long-term.
In April 2016, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory team mapped forests throughout the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. In collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department and multiple non-government partners, the CAO team used its airborne high-resolution laser scanning to discover 50 trees over the height of 90 meters. These 50 trees exceed the height of the previously reported tallest tropical tree of 89.5 meters. The team’s very tallest tree was discovered at a height of 94.1 meters, exceeding the height of the Statue of Liberty, as widely reported in the news, and is located in Sabah’s Danum Valley.
The CAO team has received new funding from the Rainforest Trust to co-lead a conservation science project that will directly benefit more than a million acres of tropical rainforest in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Conservation efforts in Borneo’s embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based monitoring and assessment system.