IEEE Spectrum profiles SilviaTerra Basemap
Max Nova
Max Nova
4 August, 2020 min read

The IEEE Spectrum magazine just profiled SilviaTerra’s Basemap project.  The article discusses how SilviaTerra’s team of forest biometricians used machine learning techniques to analyze terabytes of satellite imagery on Microsoft Azure to create the first ever high-resolution forest inventory of the continental US.  We discuss some of the technical challenges of creating Basemap, as well as our origin story and how we partnered with Microsoft AI for Earth to make this possible.

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Max Nova

Max Nova

Co-Founder and COO
Max Nova co-founded NCX over a decade ago. He built many of the Natural Capital Exchange's core technical systems that power the largest forest carbon projects in the US. Now Max serves as the COO of NCX and helps connect American forest owners with net-zero pioneers like Microsoft. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Max earned a degree in computer science from Yale.