This talk will look into tropical forests as one of Earth's most amazing ecosystems and will show how special they are and how quickly they are being lost. We will peer down from space using our Terra-i system based on NASA satellite imagery to watch forests disappearing and will look into how you - yes you - can ensure that you are not one of the causes :-)
Dr Mark Mulligan, Reader in Geography, King's College London. I work to understand human impacts on the natural environment and the role of the natural environment in supporting human development. I look particularly into how we can achieve the right balance of agriculture for food and protected areas to ensure that nature continues to provide the non-food 'ecosystem services' such as clean freshwater, upon which we all depend. I work - with my students - on the science, especially satellite sensing and mapping change and on ensuring that the science is useful for conservation and development practitioners.
I am inspired by the wonders of the natural environment, its complexity and beauty and by the notion that technology can help us understand and better manage our impacts on nature... if we just smarten up a little.
I am excited to be able to contribute to the engaging and exciting Whale of a Time Festival that will raise awareness of the plight of rainforests, why we need them, how we are all implicated in their ongoing loss and what we can easily do about it.
Co-Designer of first satellite system for monitoring deforestation across Latin America in nearly real time, senior fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Geographer, King’s College London