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Google Earth Engine: for tracking deforestation in the Amazon - video

Google Earth Engine: for tracking deforestation in the Amazon - video

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Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution.

The Landsat program, managed by the USGS, has been acquiring images of the Earth's surface since 1972. Landsat provides critical scientific information about our changing planet.

The Amazon, the largest forest in the world, covers 5.5 million hectares, of which 40% are located in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. A dozen NGOs of these countries have launched a training program to familiarize their experts to the new tools developed by Google and Imazon. In Brazil, activists and indigenous tribes have received hundreds of Android smartphones to monitor the progress of soybean fields, gold miners, loggers and other illegal threats to the jungle.

With Google Earth Engine Indigenous tribes can assess the amount of CO2 stored in their forests. A better way to preserve them by beeing able to sell carbon credits to companies wishing to offset their emissions.

Carlos Souza, head of Imazon, hope that all of the Amazon rainforest could benefit from these advances. "Now, the goal is to transfer to other countries the technology and experience developed with Google in Brazil. '

Date : 03/10/2012