Jun 13, 2008

Annual meeting Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

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SarVision (Niels Wielaard) participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), in Paramaribo, Suriname, from June 9-13, 2008. A special Guiana Shield session on 'global remote sensing imagery and products for tropical forest monitoring' brought together several of the leading scientists on satellite monitoring working in the wider Guiana Shield region to discuss practical examples from the region.

The Wageningen University-SarVision delivered a presentation titled "Radar remote sensing in support of systematic forest monitoring in the Guiana Shield region".

Other scientists presenting at the session included:

- Greg Asner, who presented on tropical forest disturbance and diversity from remote sensing. He has developed a very useful approach for the monitoring of 'stealth' logging impacts using advanced Landsat image processing. He has offered to train local GSI partners to use the new methodology.

- Valery Gond held a presentation on multi-scale analysis to characterize Guiana Shield landscapes and human impacts. His work on vegetation type mapping for the entire Guiana Shield and work on detecting illegal mining in French Guiana offer important links for collaboration.

- Eileen Helmer: Mapping tropical forest type, age and other attributes in the era of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. An important take-home message was that Landsat imagery will soon become freely available, enabling new procedures for cloud removal using multiple images together to become practical and affordable.

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