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Logi Analytics launched a partnership to better track Amazon rainforest fires

The Mclean, Virginia-based software developer teamed up with Conservation International to build a real-time interactive analytics dashboard that can track the progress and activity of these wildfires.

Can tech help fight wildfires? (Photo by flickr user U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region, used under a Creative Commons license)

In case you forgot, the Amazon rainforest is still burning.

“The Amazon rainforest fires are at an important turning point. We’re fast-approaching what’s called the ‘Amazon Tipping Point.’ Up to 20 percent of Amazon forests are already gone,” wrote Karyn Tabor, senior director of ecological monitoring at Conservation International, in a blog post. “Experts say that if that number reaches 25 or 30 percent, the entire biome of that region will be permanently changed, with climate ramifications across the world.”

Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation International is an environmental nonprofit on a mission to protect all aspects of nature from food to climate. Now, Mclean, Virginia-based Logi Analytics, developer of a platform allowing users to embed analytics into commercial and enterprise applications, has teamed up with the organization to help better track the Amazon wildfires.

With this partnership, the pair built a real-time interactive analytics dashboard that can track the progress and activity of these wildfires. The dashboard is open to the public, and users can even compare fire activity to previous years, and track where fires are currently happening.

Even though the dashboard is open for all people to use, the pair built it to grab the attention from change makers, like politicians and nonprofit organizers, so they can see in real-time what’s happening to the Amazon.

Tabor said that this partnership with Logi Analytics made sense because the company has tech to support real-time data analytics and provides a customizable platform that would fit in with its branding.

“We realized that if the dashboard wasn’t instantly engaging and easy to understand, our audience might not be able to easily digest the information,” she said in a statement. “When the health of the planet is on the line, we know a branded user interface with clear, compelling data visualizations is crucial.”

The platform uses data from NASA’s satellites to track the locations along with spatial and temporal trends of fires. With this location data, Conservation International is able to see who owns these lands, to better assist landowners who need help managing the damage. The organization is also tracking lands that are protected areas managed by indigenous people, to offer them the same intervention efforts.

Though Conservation International manages the platform on its site, it was created with Logi Analytics and Esri, producer of geographic information system software.


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