Gallery: NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert Syste...

 

A collaboration between NASA researchers at Ames laboratory in California and the environmental news and watchdog site, Mongabay has created a tool that tracks global deforestation—the Global Forest Disturbance Alert system. The online system works by compiling information of the Earth’s surface collected by orbiting satellites. By doing so, it looks for signs of forest loss down to five square kilometers. The system hopes to highlight the 50,000 square miles of forest that are lost each year.

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