28 Apr '15, 6am

Predicting deforestation before it happens

Predicting deforestation before it happens

Global Forest Watch image showing deforestation alerts, oil palm plantations, and protected areas in Sumatra. Click to enlarge. The world's leading forest monitoring platform may soon help predict deforestation before it occurs, potentially enabling authorities to prevent it altogether. Under a partnership announced last week, Silicon Valley start up Orbital Insight will use high resolution satellite imagery provided by Global Forest Watch — a platform developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) — to design algorithms to anticipate where deforestation is likely to occur in the future. The predictive modeling will look for patterns, like road-building in remote areas and canopy thinning from selective logging, that could forecast eventual clearing. "Satellites already enable us to monitor many stages of commodities supply chains, from land use change and production to the ...

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