Logi Analytics and Conservation International Team Up to Launch Real-Time Dashboard of Amazon Rainforest Fires
This month, leading embedded analytics development platform, Logi Analytics, and nonprofit environmental organization, Conservation International, have teamed up to fight the Amazon rainforest fires with data. Together, they launched a real-time dashboard, powered by Logi, to show us and the change-makers of the world that the fires aren’t over and we need to take action now — not later.
According to Conservation International, we are fast approaching what is called the “Amazon Tipping Point.” Roughly 20% of the Amazon forests are already lost. If this reaches 25-30%, the entire biome will be permanently altered, resulting in global ramifications for our climate.
The dashboard tracks where the fires are, how they’re progressing, how they compare to past years, and what everyday people can do about it. In the last 48 hours, 2403 fires have been detected. Furthermore, their data reveals that there have been 44% more fire detections in 2019 compared to 2018, and 34% of the fires are happening in the agricultural forest frontiers. The problem with this: the forest edges are dried out, making them more susceptible to fires and droughts.
“This degradation causes a dieback of the tropical forest, which is replaced by grasses and shrubs, permanently changing tropical forests to grasses and shrub vegetation that are extremely susceptible to more fires,” CI states on the website.
Most of the fires occur due to farmer’s who are clearing the land to grow their crops. Often and especially during the dry seasons, these fires go out of control. By knowing where the fires are occurring, Conservation International says that they can intervene with appropriate strategies such as preventing fire ignition through farmer education about current and future dry conditions.
More information about the Amazon rainforest fires and the live dashboard can be found on Conservational International’s website: www.conservation.org/amazonia-fires