At Copenhagen: Helping Google See the Forests Through the Clouds

Forests in Peru
At the COP15 climate conference this week, Google.org demonstrated new technology that significantly advances efforts to measure, monitor and verify changes in forests.

The demonstration project utilizes a combination of satellite imagery and smart algorithms and CI’s Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM Network) has acted as a key advisor in the development of these tools.

Together with many partners, the TEAM Network is developing standardized protocols to monitor biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use change to address major environmental challenges such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The TEAM Network is also very interested in the management and distribution of information in as close to real-time as possible.

Demonstrations such as this Google.org project illustrate the important role that technological solutions can have in addressing climate change and the other major environmental challenges we face today.

Eric Fegraus is the Director of Information Systems for the Tropical Ecology, Assessment & Monitoring Network at Conservation International.

Many CI delegates from all over the world will be attending the COP15 Climate Change conference in Copenhagen. See who’s going and read about CI’s agenda and climate policy positions on our COP15 page.

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