Monday, August 24, 2020

Global Forests & Tree Heights

A new interactive map shows the canopy height of forests across the world. The Global Forest Canopy Height map uses Google Earth Engine to visualize the height of forest canopies around the globe.

The Global Forest Canopy Height map includes a height control which allows you to filter the map to visualize only forest canopies of a specified minimum height. You can use this filter, for example, to show where the world's tallest trees are located by selecting to view only canopies over 19 meters in height. You can also click on the map to view the average forest height canopy at that location.

Since the year 2000 the world has lost more than 500 million acres of forest. The Global Forest Watch map visualizes current global forest coverage and where forests are being lost.

Global Forest Watch is an organization dedicated to monitoring and detecting deforestation around the world. The organization is attempting to establish a global forest monitoring network. The Global Forest Watch interactive map is part of an initiative to provide the tools for anyone to explore forest loss and forest gain across the globe.

The Global Forest Watch interactive map has a number of different map layers, including forest cover and loss since 2000, worldwide tree height data, tropical forest carbon stocks and data about global forest use. The map also includes links to forest-related stories. The links to these stories are embedded on the map at specific locations and the stories include photos, video, and explanatory text.

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