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Forests Can Fight Back with Open Source Technology

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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2011

At OSCon Data 2011, Jeff Hamann (Forest Informatics) presents "Forests Can Fight Back with Open Source Technology"

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Using low-cost remote sensing data like that from Google Earth Engine, cloud-computing, a solid database foundation, a few decades of scientific numerical cruft and lots of tricks and tips for creating, building, cutting-pasting-and-kludging together a database with some intelligent software agents for monitoring forests, trees, carbon, and other activities, it's now possible to create a Frankenstein-like platform for monitoring the globe's forests. These types of applications can be used for combating deforestation, preventing land degradation, regional and local planning using extreme-but-effective tweaks to existing scientific tools and technologies.

This 40-minute presentation shows the audience how to cobble together a PostgreSQL database, install a few handy R packages like PL/R, and grab some publicly available data to generate a forest monitoring platform to help landscape managers make better decisions using basic design-engineering paradigms to perform quick trade-off analyses that can often take months and years.

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