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Landsat sets the standard for maps of world’s forests
June 18, 2012
NASA’s Earth-observing fleet of satellites provides a worldwide and unbiased view with standardized scientific data — information crucial for tracking the health of the world’s forests.
Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA satellites to track and measure their forests in advance of a United Nations effort to reduce climate change by providing “carbon credits” for protected land.
The concept is known as REDD+, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. It includes monitoring forest degradation and efforts in conservation and sustainable management. The role of the REDD+ mechanism in achieving broader sustainable development goals will be further discussed at the U.N. Rio+20 conference, which takes place from June 20 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Keywords: Latin America, mapping, maps, MRV, NASA, REDD, remote sensing, satellite