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airborne and spaceborne radar images for geologic and environmental mapping in the amazon rain forest, brazilSpaceborne and airborne radar image of portions of the Middle and Upper Amazon basin in the state of Amazonas and the Territory of Roraima are compared for purposes of geological and environmental mapping. The contrasted illumination geometries and imaging parameters are related to terrain slope and surface roughness characteristics for corresponding areas that were covered by each of the radar imaging systems. Landforms range from deeply dissected mountain and plateau with relief up to 500 m in Roraima, revealing ancient layered rocks through folded residual mountains to deeply beveled pediplain in Amazonas. Geomorphic features provide distinct textural signatures that are characteristic of different rock associations. The principle drainages in the areas covered are the Rio Negro, Rio Branco, and the Rio Japura. Shadowing effects and low radar sensitivity to subtle linear fractures that are aligned parallel or nearly parallel to the direction of radar illumination illustrate the need to obtain multiple coverage with viewing directions about 90 degrees. Perception of standing water and alluvial forest in floodplains varies with incident angle and with season. Multitemporal data sets acquired over periods of years provide an ideal method of monitoring environmental changes.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Ford, John P.
(Jet Propulsion Lab. California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena., United States)
Hurtak, James J.
(Technological Marketing Analysis Corp. San Francisco, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: INPE, Latin American Symposium on Remote Sensing. 4th Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium and 6th SELPER Plenary Meeting, Volume 1,
Subject Category
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.