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New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

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Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2014 01:03 AM by AlexMuller

A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over 40 business and campaigning groups. It uses information from hundreds of millions of satellite images as well as data from people on the ground.

 
Businesses have welcomed the new database as it could help them prove that their products are sustainable. Despite greater awareness around of the world of the impacts of deforestation, the scale of forest loss since 2000 has been significant - Data from Google and the University of Maryland says the world lost 230 million hectares of trees between 2000 and 2012.
 
Forest campaigners say this is the equivalent of 50 football fields of trees being cut down, every minute of every day over the past 12 years.
 
One of the big problems in dealing with tree loss has been a lack of accurate information. Over the same time period as all these trees were lost, around 800,000 sq km of new forest was planted.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+2
We all accept that loosing forests is very bad for the environment as a whole. What is needed here is a reliable information of what is going on and a balance between loss and gain in new plantations- this is a great way to address this issue!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+3
Yes, this new system seem quite accurate- it utilises the cloud computing power of the Google Earth Engine, the Google Maps Engine and new algorithms developed by the University of Maryland.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
It is also important to find out reasons that cause the forest losses - maps combined with other information could help Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
These could be some reasons related to losses in the tropics: the loss could be mainly due to logging, urban development, strip mining, and other human impacts Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
The climate change could also play a role in deforestation and events such as fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters may contribute Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
It seems that most people agree that this is a good development. Expectations are that Global Forest Watch, as a near-real time monitoring platform, will fundamentally change the way people and businesses manage forests Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+3
In Brazil, people are already using smart phones and GPS software to monitor illegal logging. And this is the country that showed the best improvement, cutting annual forest loss in half between 2003 and 2011 Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+1
Biodiversity is also important. The massive destruction of the rainforest of the world is affecting the biodiversity adversely- this should also be researched with the new technology
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
Loosing forests could be a major factors to mass extinction of many species Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+0
The importance of forests and their decline for climate change should be considered first. Trees are one of the largest "sinks" for carbon dioxide and forests absorb a third of the carbon released by burning fossil fuels Reply
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