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Can a tree be identified from space?

“But how do you know that tree belongs to that species?” – This is a common question received by botanists around the world. They might answer that they typically identify trees according to the shapes of their flowers, fruits and leaves. But just as we see and identify trees using reflected rays of sunlight captured by our eyes, satellites also detect sunlight reflecting from the tops of trees. Incredibly, these images are sometimes sufficient to identify individual trees.

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