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Still… imag(in)ing a world without trees

Trees lost from familiar works of art… still one of my most popular blog posts after more than three years. It certainly generated more interest than anything I ever did in my research career! My excuse for re-blogging it is Marina Galperina’s animated GIFs that now give me the chance to revisit these visualisations through their … Continue reading

Where trees and people live

This is a follow on post from an earlier one called “The forest as a lived environment”.   One of my highlights of 2014 was getting my complimentary copy of Bill Liao’s book, “Forests: Reasons to be hopeful“.  As well as offering some advice on the scientific content of a few of the figures, I also … Continue reading

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Listen to Jeff Goldblum, not Matt Ridley

Did you read Matt Ridley’s piece in the Wall Street Journal last month?    He was making a very compelling argument that the “World’s Resources Aren’t Running out”.   I have to admit that when I started reading it, I got a little seduced by his optimism. For a while, I was hooked.  I bought … Continue reading

Ecosystem services explained in 90 secs

Having discovered Powtoon, I’ve now made another one. This time, with my elder son’s voice over, we’ve made a little introduction to the concept of natural capital and ecosystem services.   You might argue that the “payment” bit is a bit presumptuous, but I wanted to at least raise the question of who has responsibility … Continue reading

Jambula on the radio in Malawi

In February I was lucky enough to attend a Jambula Artist workshop in Dedza, Malawi organised by Alice Ladenburg, Myck Fisha and Clifford Mkanthama.  A collection of musicians, artists, other creative types and local NGO reps. Spreading the word about forests can be done in many ways.  I use my lectures and my blogs.  These … Continue reading

Origami Carbon Cycle Infographic

OK, strictly speaking it’s not origami, since there are no folds, but here is a visualisation of the global carbon cycle using a paper cut-outs motif.   Forests and the carbon cycle are strongly linked since they do most of the photosynthesis that takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  They also respire, and their … Continue reading

Imag(in)ing a world without trees

Below are three famous paintings, but I’ve photoshopped out the trees. You get a point for naming the artist, and two further points if you know the name of the painting. Answers at the bottom. [This project came about as an attempt to visually represent “loss”. It’s one of the themes that I’ve been working … Continue reading

Looking for lidar software engineers…

Originally posted on Carbomap news:
An interesting “taster” advert for Carbomap looking for lidar software developers. Please forward to people you think might be interested, or follow @Carbomap on Twitter. Carbomap news View original post

Why One Branch Size Dominates Radar Backscatter

Warning: technical post for geeky radar folks! There is a common rule of thumb that I have often seen presented that states that the radar backscatter from a forest canopy mostly originates from scattering elements that are similar in size to the wavelength being used.   Sometimes this is explained through attenuation effects of a full-cover … Continue reading