Environmental organizations Global Forest Watch and Moab have launched a data visualization called Logging Roads that maps the development of logging in the Congo Basin over time using satellite imagery and crowdsourced analysis. Understanding where loggers are active can help conservation efforts better monitor deforestation rates, but monitoring the spread of logging roads in a timely manner can be difficult. Logging Roads compiles time lapse satellite imagery of the Congo Basin and invites users to sort through the photos and flag whenever new logging roads appear. So far, Logging Roads users have helped map 30,592 logging roads and have identified 80 percent of the roads’ start dates.
Tracking Logging in the Congo Basin
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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