Malaysia: A research team has found that more than 80% of tropical forests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging. Researchers used the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite) to reveal heavy logging which had remained poorly measured by conventional field and satellite approaches.
Although the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak have always been considered as hotspots of forest loss due to timber and oil palm industries but the rate of deforestation has remained poorly measured so far. Researchers from the University of Tasmania, University of Papua New Guinea, and the Carnegie Institution for Science have now used CLASlite to know the exact situation. CLASlite, developed by Carnegie”s Greg Asner and team, has the unique ability to convert satellite images of seemingly dense tropical forest cover into highly detailed maps of deforestation and forest degradation. The user-friendly monitoring system is being used by several governments, nongovernmental organisations, and academic institutions for use in mapping tropical forests.