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Summary of Proposal LAN0750

TitleForest Carbon Tracking in the Xingu headwater region, Mato Grosso, Amazon
Investigator Kellndorfer, Josef - The Woods Hole Research Center, N/A
Team MemberNo team members defined
SummaryThe Xingu watershed in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, is undergoing dramatic landscape change due to the expansion of soy farming and cattle ranching. Several protected forest zones are esatablished to retain areas for conservation and indigenous peoples. The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) maintains a long-term (20+) years research effort in this region with field presence and regular field campains to study effects of deforestation on environmental sustainability and ecological health of the region. Under current proposals by the UNFCCC to establish compensation mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the Xingu regions has been chosen as a pilot study region to research optimal use of satellite remote sensing data for mapping of forest carbon stocks and change. Presently, the WHRC has several radar and optical remote sensing time series available and will add TerraSAR-X data to study multi-frequency and high-resolution X-band radar data for forest cover, biomass mapping. We will employ state of the art statistical and object-oriented analysis techniques to employ backscatter and textural parameters in a classification framework. We require strip-map data for regional coverage of the headwaters. Results will be shared via GEO-FCT workshops and publications.

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