December 11, 2009

New Online Tool To Watch World’s Forests

Google has unveiled a new tool for scientists to keep track online of the world's remaining forest area.

Rebecca Moore and Amy Luers of Google said, "We hope this technology will help stop the destruction of the world's rapidly-disappearing forests."

Scientists can now analyze satellite data and extract information of deforestation or regeneration of forests.

This technology has the potential to know in a matter of seconds when a forest is being cut down, burned or bulldozed.

Moore and Luers wrote, "Being able to detect illegal logging activities faster can help support local law enforcement and prevent further deforestation from happening."

Emissions from tropical deforestation are greater than those of all cars, trucks, planes, ships and trains worldwide.

A prototype of the technology was demonstrated at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

According to Moore and Luers, the forest-tracking system is being tested by a small group of Google partners and will be made available as a not-for-profit service.


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