Mongabay: Borneo’s Rainforest to get High-tech 3D Scan to Boost Conservation
15th May 2015

Mongabay: Borneo’s Rainforest to get High-tech 3D Scan to Boost Conservation

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Biodiversity
Carbon
Climate Change
Forests
Land Use
REDD+
Borneo
California
Malaysia
United States
Imaging Spectroscopy
Laser Scanning
CAO-3

Conservation efforts in Borneo’s embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based monitoring and assessment system.

On May 1, the Carnegie Institution officially unveiled the latest upgrade of the CAO, an airplane equipped with technologies that enable scientists to conduct extremely high resolution scans of forest structure, biomass, and biological diversity. The platform has generated a wealth of information in places where it has been flown before, including surveying tree diversity across the Amazon, measuring forest carbon stocks in Panama and Madagascar, identifying critical wildlife habitats in Colombia, revealing massive tree die-offs in remote areas in Peru, mapping invasive plant species in Hawaii, and documenting previously unknown lion behavior in South Africa.

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