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Eyes on Earth Episode 21 - Forests of Ghana

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear about how Landsat satellites aid in the study of deforestation in West Africa.

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Francis Dwomoh

Summary: In the West African nation of Ghana, tropical forests are more than landscape. They are woven into language, custom, and culture. They are also the source of timber for home heating and industry, as well as barriers to agricultural production. Those are just a few of the reasons why deforestation has come alongside the nation’s rapid population growth. In this episode, an EROS scientist and Ghana native talks about how Landsat satellites help track deforestation and offer guidance on forest regrowth.

Guests: Francis Dwomoh, EROS contractor and remote sensing scientist

Host: Steve Young

Producer: Brian Hauge

Release date: April 6, 2020

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