Thanks to a consortium including Google, the World Resources Institute, the University of Maryland, the United Nations Environment Programme, and about three dozen other partners, there is now an online tool you can use that tracks tree loss in “near real time”…. and much more.
This new website – Global Forest Watch – not only allows users to precisely monitor forests but also will allow them to upload information, pictures, and videos from forests around the world.
Here’s a brief description from the website:
“Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. GFW is free and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.“
And here’s a brief YouTube video about Global Forest Watch:
Bottom Line: This online tool, merging satellite data and “crowd-sourced” data, appears to take environmental monitoring to a new level.
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