New Maps Show Spread and Impact of Drought On California Forests

An anonymous reader writes: According to a new study 58 million trees are dead or dying due to the California drought and hundreds of millions could die if the conditions persist. The LA Times reports: “The researchers used an airplane, high-tech remote sensing technology and satellite imagery to produce the first maps that show how much water the state’s trees have lost. Virtually every forest has been affected in some way, said study leader Greg Asner, an ecologist at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Asner said he was struck by the ‘sheer degree of loss and mortality’ in Southern California forests as he flew over the depleted trees.”

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