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Detecting “Hot Spots” Along Frontiers of Forest Loss

Plagued by for many years by wildlife poachers and deforestation, the northern tip of Chiquibul, Belize’s largest national park, became a hot spot of forest loss in 2019. In an age of climate destabilization and the largest mass extinction in 66 million years, primary forests like Chiquibul are strongholds of carbon storage and species habitat […]

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Map of the Week: Tracking Logging Roads in the Congo Basin

By Sofia Soto Reyes Western Lowland Gorilla (in captivity). Source: Heather Paul (Flickr). License available here. Located in western equatorial Africa is a vast expanse of green that blankets six Congo Basin countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo. Second only to the Amazon rainforest […]

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PARTNER POST: Map of the Week: Congo Basin forest fires of unprecedented extent detected by UMD GLAD alerts

By the UMD Global Land Analysis and Discovery team The new UMD GLAD Landsat-based 30-m forest disturbance alerts detected one of the largest forest fires ever observed in the rainforests of Central Africa. Landsat-based alerts were confirmed by active fire detections from the MODIS and VIIRS sensors. More than 15,000 ha of upland open canopied forests […]

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We Know How Forests Changed this Month, Thanks to New Satellite Alerts

Sunrise over Cordillera National Park, Peru. Source: Toni Fish (Flickr). It’s a warm August day in the pristine forest of Cordillera Azul National Park, located in Central Peru’s Amazon Rainforest. Cordillera Azul, home to more than 1,800 species of plants and animals, is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world—and one of […]