Google Map Forest Changes Since 2000

 

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There is a buzz over deforestation but what are the facts? Thanks to a new Google mapping project, Earth Engine Partners, those changes are now visible. The map compiles 100-foot-resolution satellite images of Earth’s land area taken each season, every year between 2000 and 2012, to paint a picture of where trees were lost or gained. The map one pixel resolution is 30 meters or 100 feet. Applications for the new global forest map range from calculating how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests to identifying what countries are logging trees most ravenously.

Over 12 years, 888,000 square miles of forest were lost, and 309,000 square miles regrewThe gains come in reforested lands that were cleared before 2000, or on abandoned agricultural land such as in Russia. The map also shows that Brazil’s deforestation reduction is more than offset by increased forest loss in places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Via NBC