In this day and age, most people are aware of the importance of protecting forest resources for the good of the planet. Deforestation has been widely publicised as being one of the factors behind global warming, and efforts to protect forest resources are being strongly encouraged in order to mitigate climate change.
A new book entitled Global Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation, which has been co-edited by IES scientist Frédéric Achard, has been published today, the 14th November 2012, by CRC Press. This book brings together contributions from world-recognised forest scientists in 16 chapters to review why and how researchers use remotely sensed data to study forest extent and loss over large areas. It describes tools and systems from around the world for monitoring forest ecosystems, and how these can help define, implement and evaluate environmental strategies. This collection of papers should serve as a point of departure for the future advancement of satellite-based monitoring of global resources.