We all know Hurricane Irma barreled through South Florida, and homes were destroyed, and thousands had to evacuate. What we didn’t know is that Hurricane Irma affected more than just the human population. NASA recently conducted a survey of the Everglades and found massive amounts of damage to the mangrove forests. Nasa conducted this survey with an airborne instrument called G-LiHT, which maps ecosystems using thermal measurements, imaging spectroscopy, and remote-sensing technique. with this device, NASA saw how Hurricane Irma changed the Everglades, making them transition to a saltwater ecosystem due to rising sea level and coastal erosion. Hurricane Irma damaged 60 percent of the mangrove forests, tearing trees from the ground and creating gaps across 40 percent of the forest canopy. What NASA team plans to do is to figure out what areas were under stress prior to Hurricane Irma and if they recover as quickly as the ones that were not. Tracking the health of the Everglades is important because it’s the Everglades that acts as a buffer and protects residents of South Florida from storms and rising sea levels. If the Glades have been weakened because of Hurricane Irma, this could be bad news for the nearly seven million people living nearby.
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