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Crowther Restor Platform crop

In this radio episode, we speak to Professor Thomas Crowther, an ecologist who leads the Crowther Lab at ETH Zürich and initiated the Restor platform. We discuss the data behind calculating and evaluating global tree cover and restoration potential, building restoration networks through online platforms, and the risks of scaling between the local and the global using AI.

Interviewers: Jennifer Gabrys and Michelle Westerlaken

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Crowther, Thomas, Jennifer Gabrys, and Michelle Westerlaken, "Thomas Crowther," Smart Forests Atlas (2022), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/thomas-crowther/. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10688358.

Header image credit: Screenshot of the Restor platform, showing forest data in northern India. Image source: Restor [screenshot]. Retrieved 25 August 2022, from https://beta.restor.eco/map

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