Upcoming Web App Allows for Real-Time Tracking of World's Forests

This is all sorts of cool. A nonprofit advocacy group called World Resources Institute is releasing an online program called Global Forest Watch 2.0, which they previewed at a United Nations summit yesterday. The program, which is years in the making, allows for real-time tracking of all of the world’s forests.

The program is part of an effort to stop illegal forest clearing. The problem with satellite images, according to World Resources Institute, is that by the time they’re analyzed and shared, the clearing is done.

The program uses NASA’s new Landsat 8 satellite and a Brazilian system that monitors the Amazon rainforest. The system analyzes satellite data pixel by pixel to detect minute changes. The program also uses the Google Earth engine and encourages uses to interact and submit their own data. There’s no specific release date yet, but expect the program next month.

via The Verge

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