Web-Based Forest Monitoring Tool

Detail: Texas drought, September 2011. (Photo credit: USDAgov.)

Satellite and web-based tools that use technologies developed by NASA are helping natural resource managers in U.S. forests to monitor, assess, and respond to “unexpected changes.” The tools, dubbed ForWarn, were developed in response to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

“ForWarn epitomizes the type of product envisioned when the Threat Assessment Centers were created. This tool literally puts space-age technology into the hands of forest resource professionals. It’s a remarkable collaborative achievement.”

— Danny C. Lee, Director of the Eastern Threat Center, USDA Forest Service

Some of the possible types of forest disturbances that the tools can detect include those “caused by insects, diseases, wildfires, extreme weather, or other natural or human-caused events.” The tool is available at http://www.forwarn.forestthreats.org.

Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/ufs-ufs032112.php

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