Google Tool Lets People Watch Worldwide Deforestation Unfold In Real-Time

Google Tool Lets People Watch Worldwide Deforestation Unfold In Real-Time

Global Forest Watch shines a light on the world's worst environmental offenders.

Ross Brooks
  • 24 february 2014

Deforestation is a serious problem, but it’s also far removed from urban dwellers everyday lives for the most part, which is what makes it so hard to appreciate the damage that is being done on a daily basis. To add another tool to the environmentalist’s arsenal, Google has partnered with 40 organizations to create an “almost” real-time map of forest destruction around the world.


Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that brings together satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. It’s a free platform and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.


Country profile also give you an insight into information like total tree coverage, the forestry sectors contribution to the economy, how many forests are regenerated, and loads of other really great information. Above all else, you’ll want to check out the maps available for various countries to see just how much damage is being done – especially when compared with the limited amount of forests being replanted each year.

Global Forest Watch

Source: io9


+Environmental / Green

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