Understanding our planet's forests is vital to helping us gain knowledge about tree canopies, Earth's carbon budget, biomass estimations, among others. Also, knowing how our planet's forests respond to disasters like fires, blight, and natural disasters is an important facet in knowing how our planet responds to change.
Through a combination of satellite and ground-based data collection, the Canadian Forest Service was able to improve Canada’s ability to observe, track and study forest disturbances such as wildfires and insect infestations, and how quickly forests grow back after these disturbances. The poster below shows how forest recovery is a continuous process that ultimately returns most disturbed lands to forest over time.
Citation: Forest recovery after disturbance in Canada's forests. 2017. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Ottawa. 1 p.