For government agencies and conservation groups, protecting forests can be a tall order. Their resources often don’t allow them to cover the sheer amount of acreage they need to monitor, and there are a lot of places to conceal damaging and illegal activity.
But it’s hard to hide destructive practices from eyes in space.
That’s the idea behind GLAD, the Global Land Analysis and Discovery system. Launched in 2016, GLAD uses satellite-acquired data to provide frequent, high-resolution alerts when it detects a drop in forest cover. Governments and others interested in halting deforestation can subscribe to the alerts on the free and interactive interface called Global Forest Watch and then intervene to limit forest loss. And it seems to be working, at least in one part of the world.
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