A Trove of Real-Time Forest Data
This week, the World Resources Institute launched Global Forest Watch, an environmental monitoring tool that incorporates a wide variety of data sources and allows users to map deforestation and other changes in global forest cover in real time. Users can refine their views according to forest type, time period, logging activity, protected areas and other features. The tool, created in partnership with Google, Esri and other partners in industry and academia, also boasts high granularity: in some areas, individual trees can be identified. Even more excitingly, all the data is available freely for download in common file formats.