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  • Tyler Hoecker, Vibrant Planet
  • Bre Powers, Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry
  • Natlie Wiley, Brilliant Earth, Sustainability Associate
  • Luis X. de Pablo, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Biofrontiers Institute
  • Kylen Solvik, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Geography


Forests play a vital role in regulating climate through carbon sequestration. However, forests are increasingly under threat from disturbances like wildfires, droughts, and insect outbreaks. Using remotely-sensed data, forests can be monitored across large spatial scales and at increasingly high resolutions. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) provides high resolution laser ranging of forests at a global scale, enabling estimates of above-ground biomass density (AGBD). We used these data, in combination with data on disturbance histories, to predict AGBD for sites not covered by GEDI and model recovery trajectories following disturbances in the Southern Rockies ecoregion.


  • Background information and context setting for the research.
  • Statement of the problem and research objectives.
  • Overview of the methodology and approach.

Literature Review

  • Discussion of relevant previous work and how this research contributes to the field.


  • Used a random forest model to relate above ground biomass density (AGBD) to years since most recent disturbance for three disturbance types (fire, hot drought, and insects).
  • Compared our model to a null model of AGBD interpolated only from latitude and longitude.


  • Presentation of the research findings.
  • Use of tables, graphs, and figures to illustrate key points.
  • Analysis and interpretation of the results.


  • Discussion of the implications of the findings.
  • Comparison with previous research in the field.
  • Consideration of the limitations of the study.


  • Summary of the main findings.
  • Reflection on the research's significance and potential impact.
  • Suggestions for future research directions.


  • Acknowledgement of any assistance, funding, or contributions from others.


  • Bibliographic details of the cited works.
  • Use a consistent citation style throughout.


  • Additional material that supports the manuscript but is too detailed for the main sections.

Last update: 2024-05-09