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Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree

Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree

New technology enables scientists to map rainforest biodiversity by airplane (06/02/2011) A new airplane-based remote-sensing and analysis system will enable scientists to catalog tree species as they create three-dimensional maps of tropical forests. Unveiled today at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California by Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, the newest version of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) will offer powerful insights into the composition and biology of tropical forests. 80% of rainforests could adversely impacted by logging, deforestation, climate change by 2100 (08/05/2010) The world's tropical forests may suffer large-scale degradation and deforestation by the end of the century if current logging and climate change trends persist, finds a new analysis published in Conservation Letters . Google Earth boos...

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