Great article on a team using the DIY Drones ArduPilot to monitor deforestation in Sumatra:
Scientists create high resolution, 3D maps of forests in Madagascar (02/15/2012) A team of scientists has created the first high resolution maps of remote forests in Madagascar. The effort, which is written up in the journal Carbon Balance and Management , will help more accurately register the amount of carbon stored in Madagascar's forests, potentially giving the impoverished country access to carbon-based finance under the proposed REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) program. Laser-based forest mapping as accurate for carbon as on-the-ground plot sampling (11/02/2011) Two new research papers show that an advanced laser-based system for forest monitoring is at least as accurate as traditional plot-based assessments when it comes to measuring carbon in tropical forests. Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree...