For decades, satellites have measured dramatic changes in the world’s forests. These eyes in the sky provide timely information on environmental change and human activity in forests, especially in remote ones. The Jane Goodall Institute has been working with NASA and using Earth science satellite imagery and data [including NASA/USGS Landsat] in its chimpanzee and forest conservation efforts in Africa, particularly the Gombe region.
The observations and analyses from above aid Goodall’s TACARE program — a community-led approach to conserving the environment while improving and enriching the lives of people who live nearby. Such efforts are crucial to protecting the planet’s biodiversity and achieving sustainable human development of the landscape.
[The chimpanzee habitat suitability model, developed with support from NASA and the University of Maryland, includes more than a dozen variables directly extracted from Landsat satellite imagery.]
Learn more in this video:
"Science and technologies, especially satellite imagery, are absolutely essential because people's livelihoods, natural resources, and biodiversity are connected to each other. Satellite imagery are our eyes in the sky, providing those insights and up-to-date information."
Dr. Lillian Pintea
VP of Conservation Science, Jane Goodall Institute