Canopy height measured by LiDAR during the 2015-16 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event in Malaysian Borneo

  • D.A. Coomes (Contributor)
  • G.P. Asner (Contributor)
  • M.H. Nunes (Contributor)



The dataset contains top-of-canopy height before and after the 2015-15 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event across a human-modified tropical landscape in Malaysian Borneo. The derived changes in top-of-canopy height from 36,655 repeated measurements were investigated. Data were obtained from airborne LiDAR in November 2014 and April 2016. Topographic Position Index and distance from oil palm plantations are also included to investigate the effects of topography and fragmentation on the canopy height change during the ENSO event. Each observation (pixel) contains the coordinates to assess the spatial effects on canopy changes.,All data were generated by the authors. LiDAR data were generated and checked to ensure precision from repeated canopy height measurements. We also ensured that differences in LiDAR sensors did not affect the canopy height change observations and, if necessary, excluded from analysis. Distance of measurements from oil palm plantations were determined using 2 m resolution satellite images. All data were checked to ensure reported values were within the natural ranges of forests canopy height change. All calculations were checked for errors before data was accepted.,
Date made availableJan 1 2020
PublisherNatural Environment Research Council

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