On October 5, 2015, Dr. Joseph Sexton - along with co-authors Praveen Noojipady, Xiao-Peng Song, Min Feng, Dan-Xia Song, Do-Hyung Kim, Anupam Anand, Chengquan Huang, Saurabh Channan, Stuart Pimm and John Townshend - was published in the journal Nature. The paper, entitled, "Conservation policy and the measurement of forests," compared eight global, satellite-based maps to determine the planet's total forest area, and the information gaps this team uncovered were surprising!
For more information, read the UMD College of Behavioral & Social Sciences article, or the NASA press release.
*Photo: A ridge-top bristlecone pine forest in the Spring Mountains of Arizona. Here, limited water and soil depth combine to keep the forest canopy sparse; an example of where forest definition clarity is essential in the Western U.S.