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Rachael Petersen

Enviro wonk, podcast enthusiast, polyglot.

Rachael is the Research Analyst for Global Forest Watch (GFW). She analyzes geospatial data sets to reveal global forest trends, and oversees the acquisition of data related to the monitoring and management of forests. She also writes blogs and other outreach materials illustrating how remote sensing and open data promote improved forest management. Finally, Rachael coordinates work with research partners to help develop the future of real-time forest monitoring.

Prior to joining the World Resources Institute, Rachael completed a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, in which she traveled the world researching how remote indigenous communities harness digital technology to preserve their cultures. Previously, she focused on indigenous peoples’ participation in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as a delegate to the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and as an intern with the Environmental Defense Fund. She has also worked as a research assistant for the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, writing policy briefs on sustainability in the Arctic.

Rachael holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Public Policy from Rice University in Houston, T.X.
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Visual Proof That The Alberta Wildfires Are Unlikely To End Soon

Fires are a natural part of many boreal forest ecosystems, but the massive blaze raging in Alberta is a catastrophe that threatens human health, the economy and the environment. This current episode in the Fort McMurray area is remarkable in its size, extent and human impact. Data from the Global Forest Watch platform provide context on what's going on with Alberta's forest fires
05/12/2016 05:15 EDT