Terra-i snapshots #1: A quick tour of some deforestation hotspots… and at least one reason for optimism

8 May, 2013 by (comments)

Tucked away at the back of the one storey building that is CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, is a door marked E0-30. Inside is a warren of offices, one of which is the Terra-i nerve centre. Here programmers and GIS experts use images from satellites hundreds of kilometres above Earth to track deforestation in Latin America inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Eye in the sky: Terra-i keeps track of deforestation

14 February, 2013 by (comments)

The recent launch of Terra-i, a near real-time deforestation monitoring system for Latin America, brings the hotspots of forest loss into sharp focus. Based on satellite information from NASA, Terra-i can zoom-in on the region’s forests to a resolution of 250m x 250m. It’s smart enough to distinguish between natural losses and those caused by human activity – andRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

A Clearer Picture of Farms and Forests at Rio+20

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Though farms and forests are often described in terms of black and white, shades of grey would appear to be the more appropriate palette for depicting the complex links between these two sectors. Two events taking place this week alongside Rio+20 drove home that message. One was a science discussion panel on forests, energy, food, and income, which formedRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest haveRead More …

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Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

Making REDD work – CIFOR story doesn’t dodge the difficult questions

1 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you remember the series of photos I shot in the Amazon back in April, you’ll probably be interested in this article – just published on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Green website. The pictures were to accompany a project by CIAT’s CGIAR sister center CIFOR (International Center for Forestry Research), to document the ongoing efforts to implement the conceptRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

This is what deforestation looks like from space…

11 July, 2011 by (comments)

…or rather, different kinds of deforestation. The first of these shots shows “classic” slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon. It combines a series of satellite images taken between 1990 and 2000. The coloured clusters depict recently cleared areas of vegetation (purple) and those where vegetation is re-growing (green). The second image, from Mato Grosso, Brazil, shows vegetation clearance overRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions