Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ecology From the Air

"Technology is absolutely critical to managing our planet, but even more important is our understanding and wisdom to apply it."

In this TED talk, ecologist Greg Asner talks about new technology that analyzes and maps forests from the air. This technology is giving scientists an incredibly detailed view of ecosystems from an angle that before was not possible. Through his research plane, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), equipped with an imaging spectrometer that can image the chemical composition of plants as they fly over them, and a set of high powered lasers that fire out of the bottom of the plane to sweep across the ecosystem and measure it in fast, high resolution 3-D, Asner is is observing the forest and collecting multitudes of data quickly and accurately.

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