African Biomass Map

African Biomass Map

African Biomass Map

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Carte biomasse Afrique

This dataset gives estimates of the woody above-ground biomass (AGB) of the savannahs and woodlands of continental Africa and Madagascar at a resolution of 50m x 50m, obtained through a bayesian inversion of an L-band SAR mosaic from ALOS PALSAR (HH and HV polarizations), with the help of 144 reference plots.

AGB is estimated between 0 and 85 Mg.ha-1, and dense forests, flooded forest, mangroves, urban areas and water bodies are masked out using the ESA CCI Land Cover.

Authors : Alexandre Bouvet (CESBIO),  Stéphane Mermoz (CESBIO), Thuy Le Toan (CESBIO), Ludovic Villard (CESBIO), Renaud Mathieu (CISR), Laven Naidoo (CISR), Gregory P. Asner (Carnegie Institution for Science)

Acknowledgements : JAXA for the provision of PALSAR mosaics, ESA for the provision of the CCI Land Cover and funding the GlobBiomass project, Cnes (Tosca), the European Union (H2020, EOMonDis project).

References : Bouvet A., Mermoz S., Le Toan T., Villard L., Mathieu R., Naidoo L., Asner G. P., 2018. An above-ground biomass map of African savannahs and woodlands at 25 m resolution derived from ALOS PALSAR. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 206, pp. 156-173, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.12.030


Alexandre Bouvet Cesbio

Alexandre Bouvet



GeoTIFF raster (compression LZW)

EPSG: 4326

Resolution: 1.6 arcseconds x 1.6 arcseconds (environ 50m x 50m à l’équateur)

Pixel type: byte (8 bits)

Dates of the data

PALSAR: 2010

CCI Land Cover: 2010

Field data : 2010 ± 2,5 ans (2006-2012)

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African Biomass Map


African Biomass Map

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Biomass for French Guiana


Biomass for Madagascar


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