Projects Land Use
Mapped forest biodiversity underpins new gap analysis of forest protections in the Andes and Amazon region, and reveals the critical importance of indigenous lands for biodiversity protection.
A new approach to prioritize landscapes for restoration based on mapped vegetation properties
Since its inception in 2006, CAO has produced interesting data art for numerous scientific journals. Making the December 2016 cover of Ecological Applications, this image shows CAO’s Visible-to-Shortwave Infrared (VSWIR) imaging spectrometer data over a reforested landscape in Panama. Different colors indicate differences in growth rates among tropical trees.
A letter of thanks from CAO Principal Investigator Greg Asner
November 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) program. In recognition of this milestone, made possible by a special team and our visionary donors, we celebrate discovery, ecological conservation, and environmental action driven by CAO science and technology.
How can you tell if an avocado’s gone bad just by looking at it? By examining it through a hyperspectral (HS) camera. These devices – also known as imaging spectrometers – see things the human eye cannot by scanning the world across multiple channels of light. Where humans see three wavelengths in the colour spectrum (red, green and blue), hyperspectral sensors can detect as many as 480.
CAO and CLASlite combine forces to measure and map forest regrowth in a complex Panamanian landscape
Remote sensing aids in efforts to restore ecosystems following degradation and other long-term challenges
Source: Restoration Ecology