Forest Monitor Mapping

2015 Challenge

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    Imagery, Platform, Data Visualization


    Deforestation and forest degradation are increasingly prominent environmental issues; especially in the tropics.

    Currently, Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC) assessments are one of the key tools used to understand land use dynamics and the underlying causes of change through the use of observations and modelling. These assessments are generally lacking specific in-situ information about the causes of deforestation, which can be improved with crowdsourced data.


    This challenge asks you to enable crowdsourced local data to contribute to assessments of land cover change and the contributing factors. We’d like you to develop an application to help monitor deforestation and forest degradation, and the reasons behind it. You could develop a crowdsourced data collection and visualization application that incorporates information about the rate and intensity of the changes, and maps events (e.g. fires/ clearings/ land grabs). You could also use datasets derived from satellite monitoring of land use changes. Such an application could potentially capture local people's feelings about the changes and help to highlight where issues exist.


    The app would be very useful if it could source from contributors the following data as a minimum specification:
    • GPS identification of locations
    • Estimation of land area
    • Explanation of the reasons behind the deforestation/ forest degradation.
    • Functionality to upload relevant images (e.g. forest clearings, fires etc.)
    • Key dates of events/ when observations were made.

    Additionally, the following specifications could be considered:
    • Incorporation of a list of the common reasons behind deforestation/ forest degradation that the user could weight in order of importance.
    • Visual mapping of the crowdsourced data.

    Advanced applications could involve:
    • Development of an index to determine the idealistic potential of each country to be self-sufficient in provision of food for the people living there, based on the population and the availability of arable land.
    • Development of an index/ assessment approach to determine how sustainable each country's current approach is, based on the sensibility of land use and the import/ export trade.
    • Mapping of historical variability in these indices.
    • Incorporation of additional economic/ environmental/ livelihood factors, e.g. crop pricing, vulnerability to climate change, human development index etc.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

    Relevant Datasets (Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

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