FORESTS AND LAND USE

Monitor forests, detect changes in land cover, improve REDD+ MRV

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MONITOR AND MANAGE FORESTS & LAND USE

Monitor and manage forest assets and operations, track changes in land use and land cover, improve REDD+ MRV, localize deforestation in near-real time with high cadence, high resolution imagery.

"Planet’s rapid revisit times and high resolution are the most important factors, giving PlanetScope data advantages over alternatives both in forest monitoring and in forest area estimation."

Dr. Hans Ole Orka, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

"Planet imagery may be used to detect and map deforestation events greater than one hectare. Results show that change caused by deforestation can be automatically extracted with high accuracy."

Pete Watt, Indufor

CASE STUDY:
NEXGENMAP: LAND USE CLASSIFICATION IN BRAZIL

Historically, monitoring of forests and land use change through remote sensing has involved a compromise between resolution and frequency of available satellite imagery, as well as limited computing capacity for analysis. Recent developments in the spatial and temporal resolution of satellite imagery at global scales by Planet and in machine learning and image analysis at global scales by Google Earth Engine offer new opportunities to disrupt these historical limitations.

NexGenMap helped to establish the next generation of land use and land cover mapping tools by leveraging Planet’s satellite imagery and Google Earth Engine’s computing platforms. The collaborative project automatically detected and classified land use change throughout Brazil – pioneering new practical and cost-effective tools to track forest loss, classify change, and ultimately make more effective decisions about land use.


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