Future Technology for Today Land-Use Change

by Branindityo Nugroho

Wednesday 16 November 2016. Unlike the days before, today is -in a positive way- different. It is because today Global Landscape Forum being held by the cooperation of CIFOR-WorldBank-UNEP. GLF held in Kenzi Club, Marrakech. Global Landscapes Forums, held alongside the UN climate negotiations, create a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development.

In one of the session, the topic is about using technology in managing landscapes. During the session, five new website platforms were introduced. Here it is.


Global Forest Watchglobalforestwatch.org

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. Global Forest Watch uses cutting edge technology and science to provide the timeliest and most precise information about the status of forest landscapes worldwide, including near-real-time alerts showing suspected locations of recent tree cover loss. GFW is free and simple to use, enabling anyone to create custom maps, analyze forest trends, subscribe to alerts, or download data for their local area or the entire world. Users can also contribute to GFW by sharing data and stories from the ground via GFW’s crowdsourcing tools, blogs, and discussion groups. Special “apps” provide detailed information for companies that wish to reduce the risk of deforestation in their supply chains, users who want to monitor fires across Southeast Asia, and more. GFW serves a variety of users including governments, the private sector, NGOs, journalists, universities, and the other public sector.

this website can give baseline data of emission from several countries, including the summary, scope and boundaries, emission factors, about the data (how the data collected and sources)


Collect Earth http://www.openforis.org/tools/collect-earth.html

Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through Google Earth. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyze high and very high resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including :

  • Support multi-phase National Forest Inventories
  • Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments
  • Monitoring agricultural land and urban areas
  • Validation of existing maps
  • Collection of spatially explicit socio-economic data
  • Quantifying deforestation, reforestation and desertification

The software made to address specific monitoring resources. It is using sampling approach: systematic, random, random-systematic. User also can do and examine statistical analysis through the website. Collect Earth is an open source, so it is free and developing rapidly.



Planet is a company of data provider, mostly related to environmental and forestry. It has their own satellites, orbiting and continuously taking pictures of the earth. The satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether we’re measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, the data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organizations a helping hand.

The data has a particular time-bound, time-lapsed pictures. The data of satelite images (mostly) of land-use change. e.g. glaciers monitoring, deforestation, renewable energy construction, ice covers, etc. More over it also able to show the base impact of such changes. such as carbon released due to deforestation, energy produced from particular energy plant, etc.

55 satelites in the sky currently orbitting the earth



Trase is powerful new sustainability platform that enables governments, companies, investors, and others to better understand and address the environmental and social impacts linked to their supply chains. Its approach draws on vast sets of production, trade, and customs data, for the first time laying bare the flows of globally-traded commodities from production landscapes to consumer countries at scale. Along the way, it identifies the ports of export and import, and the producers, traders, and transporters involved. These supply chain actors can then be linked back to environmental and social risk factors on the ground, as well as information on the social and governance factors necessary to improve conditions.

The flow available for all comodities, but mostly forestry and agriculture related. The flow started from the places of the plantations, to the company who owned it, then to middle distributor, then the last, to the county who import it. more over, the detailed data of annually products bring imported to particular country from particular sources could be traced. The flow able to identify which company and sources is committed to 0 deforestation. and another more detailed agreement.


CIFOR Atlaswww.cifor.org

CIFOR Atlas is a software and website to ensure company accountability. This tools can distinguish companies, whether they’re doing the business on a degraded area, unproductive area, or even in the natural forest (then cleared later).

It works with comparing the images from satelitte to land usage data on the local government. the images shows the lands usage, then how and when the land changes, then connect it to local data to show which company actually change it. in a good way or another.


Go check them out!