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Monitoring the world’s tropical forests

 

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2010-12-01
Monitoring the world’s tropical forests

A consortium of nine research and industrial partners led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been established to develop new methods for monitoring tropical forests using satellite data in a project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

The objective of the ReCover project, as the initiative is known, is to develop capabilities that go beyond those currently supporting the United Nations’ REDD programme – which is dedicated to combating deforestation and forest degradation in tropical regions by compensating countries that reduce emissions resulting from deforestation.

The ReCover project, which will last for three years, will focus on combining lower-resolution, full-area coverage optical and radar satellite imagery with samples of very high-resolution satellite data and ground data. Very high-resolution imagery, accurate to as little as half a metre, is very useful in monitoring degradation and ensuring the overall reliability of results.

Study sites will be established in Mexico, Guyana, Brazil, Central Africa, and Fiji as part of the project and will involve local users in developing the new methods.

Tropical rainforests are home to half the world’s current animal and plant species and are found within a band north and south of the equator in Asia, Australia, Africa, Central and South America, and on many islands in the Pacific. 
Source:
http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/tropical-forests
Cartographer: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

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