Satellite images to track just how fecund the planet is and to spot trouble regions (Google / io9

Read at : Google Alerts – images of the Africa drought

http://io9.com/all-of-earths-plant-life-and-nothing-else-558012504

These satellite images could be used to predict the next drought

This is a new kind of satellite image of the Earth, showing nothing but vegetation. It allows us to track just how fecund the planet is — and to spot trouble regions where crop growth may soon be hindered by drought. Soon, images like these could become a crucial part of food security.

his complete picture of the planet’s plant life is product of a year’s worth of images collected from Earth’s orbit between April 2012 and April 2013. Up top is a close-up of the Western Hemisphere. Here’s a view of our planet from the other side:

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.