JAXA Satellites for SDGs 15 - Forest Monitoring

JAXA's Earth observation satellites are contributing to track forest changes and manage forest sustainably to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 15 “Life on Land”. For the period 2010-2015 the annual forest net change in the tropical domain was year almost 6 (5.5) million hectares per year (FAO 2015). Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) is capable of observing forests covered with clouds even at night. JAXA, in cooperation with JICA, has developed JJ-FAST: JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics. This system uses ALOS-2 data to monitor logging and changing status of tropical forests, and is currently used in 77 countries around the world.