Our new paper made the cover in Ecological Applications!

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Our study made the cover of Ecological Applications! The image shows tree crowns and landscape features from a hyperspectral aerial image in Panama’s Azuero peninsula.

In the new study, we show how to predict tropical tree growth rates from aerial flyover data. This is like a blood test for trees–a single data-rich measurement that provides insight into future health and performance. Our hope is that this research opens the door for “precision forestry,” including spatially-targeted interventions to promote reforestation. Lots of work went into the paper, from collecting field data in Panama to months of crunching numbers on the computer. So I’m happy to see it out!