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Listening to the Amazon: Tracking Deforestation Through Sound



From space, parts of the Amazon rainforest that have previously been logged or burned may look lush and green, like a place buzzing with activity and full of sounds. But inside the rainforest, the animal life may tell a different story, of a harsh environment and a quieter soundscape. Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Maryland recorded sounds within diverse regions of the affected Amazon rainforest to better understand how the acoustics of a forest can be a cost-effective indicator of its health.

Media provided by Danielle Rappaport

Music credit: “Panoramic Visions” and “Natural Time Cycles” from Universal Production Music

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Kathleen Gaeta (GSFC AIMMS): Lead Producer
Erica McNamee (Telophase Corp): Lead Writer
Danielle Rappaport (Conservation 4.0): Lead Scientist
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC): Scientist

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