Forests cover almost a third of all land area on Earth, yet at a current deforestation rate, in the nearest future we might lose most to all of it. Trees play an essential role in the carbon cycle, absorbing CO2 and giving off oxygen, thus keeping global temperatures from rising rapidly, and providing air to breathe for all living beings on the planet. Over two thirds of all land animals rely on forests as their habitats.
The effects of deforestation on environment can be catastrophic, if humans do not take up sustainable management of forest resources and agriculture. Monitoring forests in near-real time is one of key solutions for deforestation.