California is a leader in developing the technologies necessary to identify and monitor deforestation. Scientists at Stanford University have developed an aircraft known as the Carnegie Earth Observatory, that uses high-powered laser systems known as LIDAR to provide detailed maps of forest ecosystem chemistry, structure, biomass, and biodiversity. Using these maps, scientists and decision makers together can develop and adapt strategies for measuring and preserving the carbon in forests.
California technology and software companies are also at the forefront of forest protection, from ESRI’s remote sensing software to Google’s partnership with the indigenous Surui in the Amazon for handheld GPS mapping and monitoring systems.
California should continue to support this type research and, through international partnerships, and work to ensure that the technologies are available to countries where deforestation is a major issue.
Learn more about how these technologies protect forests in this TED talk.