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.
A Trove of Real-Time Forest Data
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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