Cool Plant Tools: Monitoring Earth’s Trees with Global Forest Watch

“…Now, If a Tree Falls in a Forest, Everyone Hears It”

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.

Please Note: When you visit the Global Forest Watch website for the first time, you are asked to agree to their terms of use. (They obviously have lawyers on staff.) I found nothing ominous in their terms, agreed, and proceeded to explore the website. (And there is certainly a lot to explore.)

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:

Two online articles that nicely describe this new online tool are provided by BBC News and International Business Times.

Bottom Line: This online tool, merging satellite data and “crowd-sourced” data, appears to take environmental monitoring to a new level.

Photo Credit: Texas Photographer, Matthew T Rader

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  1. Happy to oblige…

  2. Hello,

    I noticed that you used a photo of mine on your post:

    The photo of the sunlight shining through the forest.

    I don’t mind at all and I’m glad you found it useful to use on your website. And I appreciate that you did write my name under it but can you please credit me as the photographer of the photo beneath it or some where on the page like this:

    Photo by Texas Photographer, Matthew T Rader

    Thank you

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