Data published in Nature show impressive images and provide detailed information about the current status of our forests

by Tom Crowther from the Yale School of Forestry and the environment

"We’ve nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we’ve seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result,” Crowther said. “This study highlights how much more effort is needed if we are to restore healthy forests worldwide.” We now how a baseline for what we have and what is needed and where it will be best to focus our efforts.

Mapping tree density at a global scale (PDF Download Available).

From the same Nature paper, this video summarizes their findings in a moving and clear visual display.

It’s a simple question: how many trees are there on Earth? The answer required 421,529 measurements from fifty countries on six continents. Now this new data has been combined to produce a stunning visualisation of our planet as you’ve never seen it before.