Biodiversity and Advocacy in Technicolor
February 24, 2012 4:28pm
Multi-colored Amazon tree diversity
Asner and his team are based out of the department of ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University in California. The team can survey 360 square kilometers of rainforest with incredible detail, which has not been possible until now and may prove vital to rainforest conservation efforts. The machines can clearly identify areas of deforestation and degradation, which are increasing at frightening rates due, in large part, to industrialized agriculture (as documented in Brighter Green's policy paper, Cattle, Soyanization, and Climate Change: Brazil's Agricultural Revolution.) Asner intends to collect the more comprehensive evidence needed to substantiate initiatives such as the United Nation's REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). The Carnegie Airborne Observatory has the potential to boost concerted efforts to advocate for and conserve this most vital ecosystem. Eventually, we hope to see Asner's maps become more vibrant in color and contour as the data aids in the reversal of rainforest deforestation.
Photo courtesy of Carnegie Airborne Observatory