Satellites and AI have just accurately counted 1.8b trees in West Africa

image of trees in West Africa

A new study has used satellite imagery to map trees and shrubs. Image: Martin Brandt

Martin Brandt
Assistant professor of geography, University of Copenhagen
Kjeld Rasmussen
Associate professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen
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By combining supercomputing, machine learning, satellite data and field assessments, researchers were able to map billions of individual trees in West Africa. Image: Martin Brandt
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Some people within the semi-arid Sahel safeguard and promote trees within settlements and farmlands. Image: Martin Brandt

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