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Monday, July 17th, 2017

Esri and Microsoft Partner to Accelerate Conservation

Land-cover mapping is a critical part of conservation planning, but current methods for collecting detailed geographic data are highly labor-intensive. Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) can help, but they’re not yet widely accessible to those on the front lines of conservation and mapping. To improve this situation, Esri is collaborating with Microsoft to

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Satellites Predicting Locust Plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favorable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Rwanda Forges Forward in Drone Mapping Use

After Rwanda made waves in early 2016 for allegedly being the first country to approve drone delivery, people payed attention. The country, with its rolling hills and one of the fastest-growing economies in Central Africa, now has established regulations regarding drones and has become a vanguard of sorts for the region. “My impression is that

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Multi-Million Pound MoU Makes Ecometrica’s Software Available Across the University of Edinburgh

SCOTLAND/ UNITED KINGDOM – Academics and students at the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences are set to become the first to gain unlimited access to millions of pounds worth of state-of-the-art Earth Observation, geospatial intelligence and satellite mapping applications, thanks to a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between sustainability software and data company

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Insect Outbreaks Reduce Wildfire Severity

Forest scientists have found an unexpected ‘silver lining’ to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America. While insect outbreaks leave trees looking like matchsticks, a new University of Vermont-led study finds these hungry critters significantly reduce wildfire severity. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes – and some U.S.

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Old-Growth Forests May Provide Buffer Against Rising Temperatures

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The soaring canopy and dense understory of an old-growth forest could provide a buffer for plants and animals in a warming world, according to a study from Oregon State University published today in Science Advances. Comparing temperature regimes under the canopy in old-growth and plantation forests in the Oregon Cascades, researchers found that

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Clear-Cutting Destabilizes Carbon in Forest Soils, Dartmouth Study Finds

Clear-cutting loosens up carbon stored in forest soils, increasing the chances it will return to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and contribute to climate change, a Dartmouth College study shows.

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Europe Assesses Forest Ecosystems Status and Trends

The EEA report European forest ecosystems: state and trends, gives an updated health check on how our forests are coping with the many challenges they face. It assesses whether forest ecosystems can still manage to play their part providing key ‘services’ for the environment. Forests help regulate our climate and sustain watersheds, providing clean water.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

When Trees Die, Water Slows

Mountain pine beetle populations have exploded over the past decade due to warmer temperatures and drier summers, and these insects have infected and killed thousands of acres of western pine forests. Researchers have predicted that as trees died, streamflow would increase because fewer trees would take up water through their roots.

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Exploring Whether More Woody Biomass Can Be Harvested from European Forests

June 8, 2015—The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans.

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