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Deforestation, floodplain dynamics, and carbon biogeochemistry in the Amazon BasinThree aspects of the physical geographic environment of the Amazon Basin are considered: (1) deforestation and reforestation, (2) floodplain dynamics, and (3) fluvial geomorphology. Three independent projects are coupled in this experiment to improve the in-place research and to ensure that the Shuttle Imaging Radar-B (SIR-B) experiment stands on a secure base of ongoing work. Major benefits to be obtained center on: (1) areal and locational information, (2) data from various depression angles, and (3) digital radar signatures. Analysis will be conducted for selected sites to define how well SIR-B data can be used for: (1) definition of extent and location of deforestation in a tropical moist forest, (2) definition and quantification of the nature of the vegetation and edaphic conditions on the (floodplain) of the Amazon River, and (3) quantification of the accuracy with which the geometry and channel shifting of the Amazon River may be mapped using SIR-B imagery in conjunction with other remote sensing data.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Bryan, M. L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Dunne, T. (Washington Univ. Seattle, United States)
Richey, J. (Washington Univ. Seattle, United States)
Melack, J. (California Univ. Santa Barbara, United States)
Simonett, D. S. (California Univ. Santa Barbara, United States)
Woodwell, G. (Marine Biological Lab. Woods Hole, Mass., United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: The SIR-B Sci. Invest. Plan
Subject Category
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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