Google, in an effort to aid environmentalists worried about deforestation, now has a website, an online forest monitoring system, that tracks deforestation in real time around the world. Called Global Forest Watch, it uses curated maps with in-depth reporting regarding forests around the world.
Google asserts that prior data has been inaccurate because it was not aligned with time, and Google believes that its site will be more accurate as to why the forests are being ravaged and how long a shelf-life they have. World Resources Institute jointly created the system with Google and a group of more than 40 other partners.
Google’s own Earth Engine and Maps Engine will be the prime motor using satellite imagery to watch over the forests; all the data will be available to the public.