Roads are considered connectors of human development providing opportunities for economic success and communication but the flip side of this network is that it has also brought enormous destruction to our fields and forests.
With forest destruction comes increased human development and ecological degradation.
Recent mapping and modeling has been done to document and measure forest destruction in an initiative by the Ames Research Center of NASA and ENN affiliate, Mongabay.
Using satellite imagery to detect deforestation as it is happening allows the opportunity to measure the deforestation and investigate it before it expands.
Past satellite imagery has revealed the increased forest depletion in the proximity of new roads.