Satellite data can help predict which of the world’s tropical forests are in trouble

Published on
September 7, 2016

Research of Jan Verbesselt, Nikolaus Umlauf, Marina Hirota, Milena Holmgren, Egbert H. Van Nes, Martin Herold, Achim Zeileis and Marten Scheffer on Detecting forest fragility with satellites has been highlighted in Digital Trends.

Satellites are great for communication, weather forecasting, and a number of other activities. Now there’s one application we haven’t previously come across — building up heat maps of the world’s tropical forests. When combined with some neat statistical tools, they can predict regions that might be in trouble.