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Google Joins Deforestation Fight By Launching Global Forest Watch Website

Google has designed a new website that will keep watch and track deforestation in real-time and across the world. The name of the newly created site is Global Forest Watch and is leveraged with the data of deforestation. It features curated maps along with in-depth coverage of the current deforestation scenario in any given region.

For centuries researchers have been studying forests and have proven the vital importance of ecosystems for human society. However, Google says the problem with this data is the lack of timely information, which is needed to be reliable about why forests are disappearing, when they will disappear if current scenarios continues, and where those will take place sooner or later.

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The Global Forest Watch website produced by the search giant Google itself is about to change all that. It is an online forest monitoring system available to anyone with an Internet connection around the globe.

World Resources Institute partnered with Google to create the site and system along with a team of more than 40 other partners.

The website will make use of the technology that includes Google’s own Earth Engine and the Maps Engine to track forests around the world with the help of satellite imagery. It will also detect changes taking place in forests in close to real-time. All the information will be made available for free to the general public through the World Wide Web.

With such advancement there are also a few limitations of Global Forest Watch. The first is it has been known that rainforests are often very cloudy. This makes satellite surveillance difficult to view.

Google data and the University of Maryland revealed that between 2000 and 2012 our planet lost over a staggering 500 million acres of forests. Google’s new Global Forest Watch website may help to combat this as people hav ethe ability at their finger tips to see real life deforestation right before their eyes.

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  • green451

    Neat! The U.S. and many other countries manage timber forests quite well. Some do not. Perhaps a little sunlight will be the best antiseptic.

  • Chase Elliott

    What’s the deal with the sudden change in deforestation if you move the beginning timeline slider from year 2000 over to 2001? Based on the map if you look at the last 12yrs of data vs. the last 13, it seems to indicate MUCH larger rates of tree growth compared to loss…it’s as if they compiled all deforestation data from some time prior to 2000 and took the total loss and rolled it into one year. Can someone else verify this?


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