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Mapping deforestation

Covering around one third of the total land area of the planet, forests play a vital role not only in maintaining animal and plant diversity, but in helping to regulate the earth’s climate by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Researchers Dr Edward Mitchard and Dr Murray Collins from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences discuss a new remote sensing technique they have been trialling to create a more accurate map of the planet’s forests in the hope of combatting deforestation.

For more information on mapping deforestation and the researcher’s work in tackling climate change, visit

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