satellite-based classification of South Asian dry dipterocarp forest

Dual-season remote sensing of dry dipterocarp forest

for Smithsonian Conservation GIS Lab
with Dr. Peter Leimgruber
status completed
as of February 2005

Dry dipterocarp forest is an endangered South Asian habitat type. Conservation is difficult because few good maps exist: dry dipterocarp is particularly hard to detect using conventional remote sensing. Working with an extensive set of ASTER and MODIS satellite images, we developed a multi-season multi-satellite methodology for mapping this illusive landcover.