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To Learn About the Earth, the Best Vantage Point is in Space

Imagine if you had never seen your reflection. Your entire view of your face would be based on where you assumed your various features were positioned. You wouldn’t know what color your eyes were or how big your nose was, and you would be unable to tell whether your face was changing with age or […]

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Distinguish the Forests From the Trees: Part 2

Since 2015, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Orbital Insight have worked together with a grant from the Generation Foundation to find new applications of computer vision and deep learning that will support Global Forest Watch in better monitoring the world’s forests. This blog is Part II of a series that explores our latest project working […]

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Distinguish the Forest From the Trees: Part 1

Since 2015, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Orbital Insight have worked together with a grant from the Generation Foundation to find new applications of computer vision and deep learning that will support Global Forest Watch in better monitoring the world’s forests. This blog is Part I of a series that explores our latest project working […]

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Turning Over a New Leaf: GFW’s New Map Makes It Easier to Explore, Analyze and Customize Forest Data

Visitors to the Global Forest Watch map this week may have noticed some changes in the design. These changes go beyond what you see on the surface. The new map is faster, facilitates customization and makes exploring and analyzing forest data even easier. Not sure where to start? Use the new search and explore features While our diverse collection of data […]

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2017 Was the Second-Worst Year on Record for Tropical Tree Cover Loss

Last year was the second-worst on record for tropical tree cover loss, according to new data from the University of Maryland, released today on Global Forest Watch. In total, the tropics experienced 15.8 million hectares (39.0 million acres) of tree cover loss in 2017, an area the size of Bangladesh. That’s the equivalent of losing […]

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Global Tree Cover Loss Rose 51 Percent in 2016

Tersedia dalam Bahasa Indonesia di sini. Disponible en español aquí. Disponible en portugués aquí. Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres) in 2016, according to new data from the University of Maryland released today on Global Forest Watch. The loss is 51 percent higher than the previous year, totaling an area about […]

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PARTNER POST: Introducing the new data GLADiator of forest monitoring in Brazil

By Camellia Williams We don’t normally like to Crowe, but we’re really proud to announce the launch of Brazil’s most advanced forest monitoring tool — GLAD Brazil. Are you not entertained by high-resolution, weekly deforestation updates? Updated weekly and available at a high resolution of 30 meters by 30 meters, the satellite-based GLAD (Global Land Analysis and […]

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VIDEO: Matt Hansen and Andrew Steer Discuss the Future of Forests

Watch Dr. Matt Hansen, Professor at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute, discuss the future of forests. Data in this video is provided courtesy of the Berkeley Earth Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Google Earth Engine, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland, […]

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Zooming In: The Real Reasons for Tree Cover Loss and Gain in Minnesota’s Oak Savanna

Cowling Arboretum. Photo by James Anderson for WRI. By James Anderson For me, few landscapes can rival the beauty of the tallgrass prairie and oak savannas of the Upper Midwest. During the summer and fall, waving sheets of big bluestem prairie grass blanket the rolling hills, dotted with tall, yellow-flowered tall compass plants, bushy wild indigo […]

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UrtheCast offers a high-resolution view of the world’s forests on Global Forest Watch

By Octavia Payne and Karla Renschler Today, UrtheCast became the latest company to lend its immense earth observation capacity to conservation efforts. In partnership with Global Forest Watch (GFW), UrtheCast is providing free access to high-resolution satellite imagery—15m pansharpened Landsat 8 imagery, 22m Deimos-1 imagery and 5m Theia imagery—through the GFW platform. The new GFW feature […]

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Leveraging the Power of the Crowd to Identify Illegal Land and Forest Fires in Indonesia

By Susan Minnemeyer The land and forest fires burning across Indonesia spiked to historic highs this month, causing a thick haze of toxic smoke that enveloped cities across Indonesia and neighboring countries. Officials across the region have pledged to investigate the perpetrators of these fires and hold those responsible accountable. A new campaign from Tomnod and WRI’s Global Forest Watch platform allows […]

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Land and Forest Fires in Indonesia Reach Crisis Levels

By Susan Minnemeyer, Tjokorda Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi and Nigel Sizer Fire alerts in Indonesia have spiked dramatically in recent days, surging even higher than the crisis-level outbreaks of June 2013, March 2014and November 2014. Satellite feeds shown on Global Forest Watch Fireshave recorded thousands of high-confidence fire alerts over the past two weeks, peaking at 1,189 on September 8th, exceeding the highest peaks […]