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A walk through a laser-scanned forest

Scientists are using lasers to accurately "weigh" trees in the tropical rainforests.
The researchers, from University College London and the National Physical Laboratory created an animation of their laser-scanned trees, which they presented at the British Ecological Society meeting in Liverpool.

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Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardising Amazon Forest

An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study. These results, together with observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to the forests in southern and western Amazonia in the past decade, suggest these rainforests may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change.
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 Earth from Space - Rainforest river


Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the twentieth edition we look at an image of the Juruá River snaking through the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil.



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New NASA Map Reveals Tropical Forest Carbon Storage

A NASA-led research team has used a variety of NASA satellite data to create the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests. The data are expected to provide a baseline for ongoing carbon monitoring and research and serve as a useful resource for managing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
The new map, created from ground- and space-based data, shows, for the first time, the distribution of carbon stored in forests across more than 75 tropical countries. Most of that carbon is stored in the extensive forests of Latin America.

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New high resolution images of logging roads in the Congo region of Africa are helping researchers understand the expansion of industrial logging in Central Africa.
Using highly detailed images from NASA and commercial satellite firms, scientists from the Woods Hole Research Centre (WHRC) created a map of logging roads and forest disturbance across 4 million square kilometres of tropical African forests between 1976 and 2003.

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