Visualizing the Earth's Vanishing Forests
A new study published this week in the journal Science is "the first effort to quantify in detail how forests are changing and disappearing over the past decade," reports Brad Plumer. "The research team, led by the University of Maryland, used Landsat satellite images and Google's Earth Engine to assemble detailed new maps."
"'Changes in forest cover affect the delivery of important ecosystem services, including biodiversity richness, climate regulation, carbon storage, and water supplies,' the researchers note. But, they add, until now, there hasn't been great data on how that forest cover is actually changing."