NASA Reveals New Zealand “Untouched Sanctuary”
Nasa has released a series of images of ‘sanctuaries’ around the globe as part of a new book released this week, which includes a stunning image of Mt Taranaki in New Zealand.
“Sanctuary: Exploring the World’s Protected Areas from Space,” published by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies with support from NASA, debuted at the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.
The book highlights how the view from space is being used to protect some of the world’s most interesting, changing, and threatened places.
One of the images is of New Zealand’s Mount Egmont National Park.
In July 2014, Landsat 8 captured the isolated island of protected forest around New Zealand’s Mt. Taranaki in Egmont National Park surrounded by once-forested pasturelands.
Experts say this and similar images are key in protecting the world’s sanctuaries.
These space-based Earth observations are used as inputs into advanced computer models to help identify and predict environmental changes.
Original story by Mark Prigg, The Daily Mail, 14 November
Image copyright: NASA and USGS