Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space

Robert Kennedy, College of Arts & Sciences

It’s become a destructive cycle in the western U.S.: Warmer temperatures and drought conditions prolong the life cycle of mountain pine beetles, allowing them to prey on the pine, spruce and fir trees that blanket the mountains…

Expert quote:

“We’d look at an image from 2000 and one from 2005 and ask, ‘What’s changed?’ If you’re only looking at two images, it’s very difficult to track slowly evolving changes. You can tell something’s changed, but you don’t know how long it’s taken.”

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