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Closeup on Forests of the Pacific Northwest
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Closeup on Forests of the Pacific Northwest

A new map of the biomass in the United States allows scientists and land managers to see tree cover down to the scale of individual plots of land.

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Measuring Carbon and Trees in the Tropics
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Measuring Carbon and Trees in the Tropics

New maps show an estimate of the carbon stored in tropical forests and how sure scientists are about those estimates.

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Counting the Carbon in Mexico’s Forests
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Counting the Carbon in Mexico’s Forests

Mapping the density and location of tree cover can help the nation reduce deforestation and offset carbon emissions.

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Measuring the Earth’s Dry Forests
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Measuring the Earth’s Dry Forests

Forests in drylands are much more extensive than previously reported.

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Forest Canopy Heights Across the United States
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Forest Canopy Heights Across the United States

From the Pacific Northwest—home of the towering redwoods&mdash to the Southern Appalachians, this map shows forest canopy heights across the United States.

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Global Forest Heights: Take Two
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Global Forest Heights: Take Two

A high-resolution map offers a global view of forest canopy heights.

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Corridors for Carbon and Critters
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Corridors for Carbon and Critters

Researchers studying tropical forests have mapped out a way to preserve significant amounts of carbon-rich vegetation and biodiversity by connecting existing protected areas.

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Mapping Forest Loss with Landsat
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Mapping Forest Loss with Landsat

The opening of the Landsat data archive and a partnership with Google has allowed researchers to track the fine details of forest change around the world.

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Insect Damage in British Columbia Forests
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Insect Damage in British Columbia Forests

As the size of British Columbia’s pine beetle infestation has grown, forest managers have begun to need a technique to identify damage over large areas. Relying on a variety of data sources, including satellite data, scientists from Goddard Space Flight Center conducted a survey of insect-damaged forests in British Columbia. This image shows their assessment of insect damage overlain on a topography map.

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Gabon’s Towering Mangroves
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Gabon’s Towering Mangroves

The mangroves in Pongara National Park are among the tallest in the world, towering up to 60 meters.

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Is That a Forest? That Depends on How You Define It
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Is That a Forest? That Depends on How You Define It

Differences in how international and national institutions classify forests can lead to large discrepancies in measurements of land cover.

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Logging and Regrowth in Washington State
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Logging and Regrowth in Washington State

This pair of images show patterns of forest clearing and regrowth in Wasghington state over 26 years. Such images help scientists understand how human decisions impact the carbon cycle and Earth’s climate.

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A Closer Look at Alaska’s Forests
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A Closer Look at Alaska’s Forests

A small plane flying low over remote forests is sending back eye-popping aerial photography—as well as scientific measurements that will improve understanding of how Alaska’s forests are responding to global warming.

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Below the Mangrove Canopy
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Below the Mangrove Canopy

Scientists use lasers and cameras to characterize the 3D structure of mangrove forests in Gabon.

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Caterpillars Take Bite Out of Rhode Island Forests
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Caterpillars Take Bite Out of Rhode Island Forests

Dry weather in the Northeast has triggered an explosion in the populations of gypsy moth caterpillars, which are voracious eaters of forest canopies.

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Finding Cortez
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Finding Cortez

Researchers have turned to citizen scientists to help detect previously unknown or recently disrupted kelp forests in satellite imagery.

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Tracking Forest Change in Canada
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Tracking Forest Change in Canada

Researchers analyzed 25 years of Landsat data to establish where forests had burned or been cut.

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Kelp Losing Their Grip on the Seafloor
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Kelp Losing Their Grip on the Seafloor

Potent storms and pesky predators—as well as climate change—are altering the dynamics of these underwater forests.

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Logging in Northern Republic of Congo
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Logging in Northern Republic of Congo

In recent decades, industrial logging has intensified in the dense tropical forests of central Africa, but few data sets exist that can help ecologists and policymakers monitor the occurrence and impact of logging over wide areas in that part of the world.

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When a Definition Makes a Forest Disappear
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When a Definition Makes a Forest Disappear

By changing a percentage, institutions can take some forested lands off the map.

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Tiny Beetles Take a Large Bite Out of the Forest
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Tiny Beetles Take a Large Bite Out of the Forest

Pine bark beetles have been ravaging forests in the Rocky Mountains.

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