Global Forest Watch: Monitor Deforestation in Real Time

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. GFW is free and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.


The main challenge is to show a huge amount of data layers and to enable advanced analysis tools over them. All in a user-friendly and technically feasible way, over time and in a world scale map.


Global Forest Watch is a continuous evolving project where new data about deforestation is being added almost every day. By using the Torque library and the CARTO platform capabilities for rendering dynamic maps the World Resources Institute, with help from more than 20 partners, has built this awesome project which provides among others, some beautiful maps.

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