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A research team using Google Cloud to analyze the last 12 years of satellite imagery has uncovered “unprecedented detail” in forest loss and gain around the world.
Using Landsat coverage, they found 888,000 square miles of forest were lost globally, while 309,000 square miles regrew from 2000 to 2012.
They also uncovered details of forest use. Thirty percent of forests in the Southeastern U.S., for example, was regrown or clearcut, an amazingly high rate of exploitation. “Trees are as crops here,” said Matthew Hansen, whose University of Maryland team led the study. “You might want to rethink your definition of forest because it’s a different thing—it’s not really natural.”
(Southern U.S. forests show signs that trees are cyclically planted and harvested like crops.)