The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is the largest wetland in the interior United States, and is a stopover for 45 percent of the birds who migrate north through the area. A land cover classification map and an estimate of suspended sediment changes will help managers to track the effectiveness of policies aimed at maintaining this critical habitat.
How bad was the worst fire in Coahuila? Can it be quantified and extrapolated to future fires? Is it even possible to know when there would be a next fire, or extinguish one if it starts today? These are a few questions addressed in this project, taking into consideration the April 2011 fire, one of the worst in the history of Mexico.
Due to civil unrest and the agriculture-based economy, Rwanda’s native forest has been reduced to 5 percent of the nation’s territory. As a result, many species have experienced habitat loss, threatening their survival. A 30-mile corridor is being proposed to connect isolated populations to interbreed and conserve biodiversity.
Nobody likes swimming in a lake in the summer around algae or having slimy aquatic plants brush up on their feet. The DEVELOP team at Marshall Space Flight Center worked to help improve methods for controlling aquatic vegetation in North Alabama. Using Landsat 7 ETM+ and vegetation indices, the team created a method to map aquatic vegetation and points of agricultural source pollution.
Based on field surveys, agricultural fires have historically been the primary cause of deforestation in Ghana. Does slash-and-burn agriculture still influence deforestation in Ghana today? Using satellite imagery, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) DEVELOP interns created automated recent deforestation products combined with fire detections to reveal the impact of agricultural burning on Ghana’s forests.
In the heart of Southwest Virginia lie two technologically distinct power plants. One uses traditional coal-burning technology, and the other uses innovative ÛÏclean coalÛ-fired technology. With two plants within miles of one another, this project aims to use NASA Earth observations to monitor and compare the environmental impacts of each.
Intense extratropical cyclones are often associated with non-convective high winds, which have devastating economic and societal impacts. This DEVELOP team will analyze the synoptic and mesoscale features of these events to investigate the presence of the sting jet and to determine whether MERRA data can adequately resolve cloud features.
Our team is sounding the alarm on the health implications of the Pole Creek fire, which burned 27,000 acres from Sept. 9-Oct. 18, 2012. This is a continuation of the previous Western U.S. Disasters project, and our aim is to demonstrate to the Oregon Department of Forestry how to forecast fire emissions and their implications.