Environment

Revolutionary Google-backed system unlocks power of ‘big data’ to save forests

21st Feb `14, 01:30 PM in Environment

World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the release of a tool that promises to revolutionize forest monitoring. The…

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World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the release of a tool that promises to revolutionize forest monitoring.

The platform, called Global Forest Watch and developed over several years with more than 40 partners, draws from a rich array of “big data” related to the word’s forests and translates it into interactive maps and charts that reveal trends in deforestation, forest recovery, and industrial forestry expansion. Global Forest Watch is the first tool to monitors global forests on a monthly basis, allowing authorities and conservationists to potentially take action against deforestation as it is occurring.

“Businesses, governments and communities desperately want better information about forests. Now, they have it,” said Andrew Steer, WRI President and CEO, in a statement. “Global Forest Watch is a near-real time monitoring platform that will fundamentally change the way people and businesses manage forests. From now on, the bad guys cannot hide and the good guys will be recognized for their stewardship.”

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