Deforestation of the Amazon rain forest

Posted On Dec 24 2016 by

It is widely recognised that, whilst ground based data is needed to get a full picture, remote sensing from space is the best, and perhaps only credible, solution for monitoring the whole of worlds rainforests, and that radar satellites are the most efficient in doing so. This is unsurprising as in most rainforests it rains much of the time, and so for most of the time there is more than 80% cloud-cover. Most satellites only spend a handful or two of minutes operating over the rainforests in any one orbit. With some orbits over ocean rather than forest, and with …