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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)

All Biomass Products

African Biomass Map


African Biomass Map

Above-ground biomass map of of the savannahs and woodlands of continental Africa and Madagascar at a resolution of 50m x 50m.

French Guiana Biomass


Biomass for French Guiana

Biomass map for French Guiana obtained using the data fusion of LiDAR, radar, optical and other environmental datasets.


Biomass for Madagascar

Data access Presentation This biomass map has a spatial resolution of 250m x 250m and was obtained using the data fusion of LiDAR, optical and other climatic datasets. The precision […]


Gabon Biomass Map

A Gabon biomass map with a 50x50m resolution.