New software that uses satellite technology to map and monitor changes in forested areas is being made available to the public through a free online course. Users who complete the course, hosted by Stanford University, can receive a license to operate the software, called CLASlite. CLASlite, or the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System lite, is a highly automated system for converting satellite imagery from its original, raw format into maps that can be used to detect deforestation, logging, and other environmental disruptions.
Curious to see if this catches on. I can see arguments for and against restricting the software to people who have completed the MOOC—better data, but fewer users.