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New remote sensing developments for forest monitoring at Global Landscapes Forum

Distinguished panel of remote-sensing experts

From left to right: Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland; Sassan Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Nigel Sizer, World Resources Institute (WRI); Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center; Fred Stolle, WRI; Louis Reymondin, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Lima, Peru, December 8, 2014. At the Global Landscape Forum over the weekend the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched several new initiatives of Global Forest Watch (GFW). One of these is the incorporation of CIAT’s Terra-I into the GFW platform (see more here). Terra-I is a project of the CGIAR Research Program on Forestry, Trees and Agriculture (FTA).  Louis Reymondin spoke at the launch event showing an example of the use of Terra-I in Peru. Terra-I will expand to the entire tropics in 2015. Matthew Hansen of the University of Maryland discussed the planned incorporation of Landsat-based alerts at higher temporal resolutions. New products estimating terrestrial carbon stocks are coming soon from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Woods Hole Research Center, announced respectively by Sassan Saatchi and Alessandro Baccini. All these developments point to more robust global monitoring efforts that will increase capacities to monitor and evaluate changes in vegetation at global scale. Several panelists here at the Global Landscapes Forum pointed out the tremendous progress made over the last five years. The announcements yesterday suggest that the pace of innovation in monitoring forest change with remote sensing is likely to increase even more during the next five.

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