Image of coral by Greg Asner

Center for Global Discovery and Conservation

The Center for Global Discovery and Conservation launched in 2019 under the leadership of Greg Asner with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School for Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. The center is home to the Global Airborne Observatory, an airborne laboratory that houses advanced Earth mapping technologies that can reveal the functional diversity and vulnerabilities of various ecosystems and identify targets for conservation. The laser scanning technology known as lidar had been used to map forests and coral reefs and can cover 250,000 acres a day at a resolution of four centimeters.