Healing the planet: Conservation of the world`s tropical forests
Asner, Greg P. .
Monitoring Tropical Forests for Conservation: Science to Policy Breakthrough.
For decades, monitoring of tropical forests by satellites has revealed the grim picture of deforestation that threatens the most biodiverse regions of our planet. In recent years, remote sensing science and technology have evolved beyond deforestation monitoring, providing new opportunities to further understand human impacts in tropical regions, and to remotely explore some of the most unique remaining forests in the tropics. At the same time, new social and economic opportunities have emerged to help slow the rate of tropical forest losses. To work, these new programs rely on a vastly improved monitoring capability. We have just entered a new era in tropical forest monitoring, created by remote sensing scientists to meet the demand for expanding scientific knowledge and for improving forest conservation and management. The technology must be made available to non-experts if transparency and trust are to be created among stakeholders. With emerging partnerships between science institutions, international organizations and national governments, the hope of curbing forest losses and protecting remaining biodiversity has never been stronger.
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1 - Greg Asner, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama St., Stanford, CA, 94305, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Thursday, January 1st, 1970