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Innovative Technology

Even the natural world and especially the environmental protection have a demand for innovation and technology.

Celestial Green Ventures is acutely aware of the importance of technology in the world today. We believe that combining geospatial technologies with environmental protection is an important and innovative way to streamline the process of developing and implementing our projects.

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Geospatial Platform

The development of our Geospatial Platform, in partnership with Ecometrica, has allowed us to use the latest technologies for mapping, analysing and monitoring our avoided deforestation projects. The Geospatial Platform is a cloud-based data bank, which enables the gathering of multiple layers of spatial data from satellites and other sources into one interactive platform.

Celestial Green Ventures incorporates these innovative solutions into our projects. That way, our teams are able to significantly reduce the time and cost required to carry out fundamental quantitative analysis and project area assessments.

The maps and supporting data included in the Geospatial Platform have been approved and adopted by the Natural Forest Standard Technical Panel, as complying with the requirements of the Standard and the methodology NFS AM001.1.

Amazon deforestation from space

Amazon Deforestation seen from Space

Satellite imagery clearly shows the extensive deforestation of the Brazilian Rainforest in recent decades. The dark green areas of the pristine rainforest change to light green as the trees are systematically cleared for agriculture. From 1991 to 2000, an area the size of Spain was cleared and turned into pasture.

The Amazon Rainforest continues to shrink even though increased protection means the rate of deforestation has slowed from its peak. Today, though, it is estimated that 15m hectares, equivalent to an area half the size of Italy is deforested every year.

Landsat Video Shows Deforestation

The video shows the effects of deforestation on the Brazilian Amazon over a period of nearly 3 decades. The imagery is provided by Landsat, the longest continuous space-based Earth observatory. Operated by NASA, Landsat has been surveying the Earth since 1972, with the space hardware being updated every few years. Landsat images the same spot on the Earth every few days as it orbits and over its lifetime, the programme has collected millions of images to form a unique record of change on the Earth's surface. Landsat information is used in agriculture, education, business, science, and government applications.

Here, the video shows clearly the “fishbone” pattern of deforestation, where a road opens up into a pristine rainforest, carves out territory for new farms and ranches which then systematically clear cut the rainforest and change the land use to agriculture. See the Earthobservatory website from NASA for more information about “fishbone” deforestation. The video is created by Celestial Green Ventures from a Google Earth Engine analysis of the data called Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984-2012. The video was originally used for a post in the Celestial Green Ventures Blog

Assessment of PRODES Data and Undetected Deforestation

Rapideye Cover Dec2014

While carrying out the required annual deforestation analysis of the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project using PRODES satellite data, the company went on to examine the accuracy of this data using high resolution images for two moments of time, using RapidEye satellite data. The reason for examining this data is that PRODES has a 20m to 30m resolution, whereas RapidEye has a 5m resolution.

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