Internet of Things Augmenting the Way We Monitor Forests

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4Q 2021 | IN-6391


Forests: The Earth's CO2 Sponge


The recent increase in wildfires in California and the Amazon rainforest fire in 2020 are two of the many events that have pushed the topic of forests to the forefront in the climate change movement. Significant parts of the Amazon rainforest are now said to emit more CO2 than they absorb, raising concerns on the impact of climate change and deforestation on this key carbon emissions sponge. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the UN Environment Programme, forests currently cover 31% of the global land area. This may seem like a lot, but since 1990, it is estimated that around 420 million hectares of forest have been lost and converted to other land uses despite the deforestation rate’s having decreased over the past 30 years. Over 100 million hectares of forests have had adverse effects due to forest fires, pests, diseases, drought, and damaging weather events. Forest monitoring has been around for quite some time, with national governments and governing bodies wanting a better understanding of how the climate and its d…

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