Using satellite images, researchers established a method of calculating the distance between any point in the continental United States and the nearest forested area.
Landsat, NASA’s longest running initiative for the acquisition of Earth imagery, has generated nearly 50 trillion pixels of data by capturing one image per season, of every place on Earth, for the past 43 years, providing a treasure trove of data for researchers.
GIS is being used in creative ways – including covert spy tracking of illegal logging deep in the Amazon – to help put and keep trees back on South America’s map. The simplification of tools and availability of web systems has empowered technicians, NGOs, and governments alike to address corruption and illegal logging with transparent map-based monitoring.
Data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system is now available via an online mapping platform. Users of this data portal can add maps, datasets, and applications to their forest projects and better analyze indicators of forest change.
Deforestation, the clearing and removal of the Earth’s forests, has been one of the major environmental threats to the globe in the last several decades. Not only does deforestation damage the land but it also threatens millions of plant and animal species who lose their habitat. Additionally, deforestation can contribute […]