Starting in 2016, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), in coordination with the US Forest Service Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry, is mapping the spread of the highly virulent Ceratocystis fungus that is killing Hawaii’s most important native forest canopy species known as Ohia. This test image shows CAO’s unique laser-guided imaging spectroscopy (LGIS) capability applied to a small 5,000 acre example region containing the fungus that caused Rapid Ohia Death or ROD. White trees are dead. Blue trees are dying. Other colors indicate the chemical composition of living trees and other plant growthforms.
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