Kelp Talk

Great news article on Floating Forests!

  • DZM by DZM admin

    After a recent scientific meeting on kelp and climate change, scientists Jarrett Byrnes, Kyle Cavanaugh, and colleagues set out to consolidate all of the available kelp forest data from around the world. They wanted to take a step toward understanding how climate change is affecting kelp globally, but they quickly discovered they had a sparse patchwork of information.

    Byrnes was struck with a thought. In their research, they had used data from the Landsat series of satellites to examine individual forests across long periods of time (such as the waters off Santa Barbara, (image to the right), so why not use Landsat to expand their studies around the world? Could Landsat be used to establish global trends in kelp forest extent? The answer was yes, but the problem was eyeballs...