Welcome to BioPAL - The BIOMASS Product Algorithm Laboratory

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an ESA sponsored project

The BIOMASS Product Algorithm Laboratory (BioPAL) is an open-source scientific computing project, supporting the development of ESA’s BIOMASS mission algorithms coded in Python. The goal of the BioPAL project is to bridge the gap between advancements in scientific algorithm development and fast integration of these advancements into ESA’s BIOMASS’s ground operations. It is the first time that an official ESA Earth Explorer operational processor is supported by open and collaborative development of processing algorithms within the scope of an open-source software project and community.

Join us, to support global forest BIOMASS monitoring!

Getting started with BioPAL

Discover our tutorials to get started processing BIOMASS data. You can also check out our BioPAL workspace on the MAAP platform!

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Join the community

Get involved in BioPAL and help shape it’s future. We do a Pull Request contributions workflow on GitHub. Leave a bug report or an issue, integrate your new algorithms or contribute to writing documentation! New developers are always welcome!

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Contact us

Most discussions happen on Github. You can also ask questions in our Slack chat room or on the MAAP forums. Occasionally we will post updates in the blog section or on Twitter.

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Discover the Science!

You are a researcher wanting to learn more about the Science behind out scientific algorithms? Discover the science and scientific research behind BioPAL’s algorithms in the documentation section or read our papers!

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Explore the BIOMASS mission

Find out more about ESA’s 7th Earth Explorer mission, the BIOMASS mission.

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BioPAL is part of a wide ecosystem excellerating scientific discovery in Above Ground Forest Biomass research. Check out exciting projects like the Multi-Mission Algorithm and Analysis (MAAP) platform or NASA’s NISAR and GEDI missions.

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