EARTH OBSERVATION / GIS



BotaNICAL MAPPING OF Eastern ecuador




Ecuador is in terms of biodiversity one of the richest place on Earth. We used Landsat TM data and advanced digital enhancement techniques, to separate more than 30 vegetation classes including more than 20 forest classes. The study revealed a very high forest type diversity going up from the Amazone lowland up to the Andes. i.e. some mountains had seven vegetation layers following the altitude.  

The purpose of the mapping was to provide an overview of habitat areas for further detailed studies and integration into GIS.


The study has implication for:


- Habitat locations and analysis

- Biodiversity assessment

- Land use/cover mapping

- Species composition and habitat mapping



Client: Danida Strategic Research program; DIVA. Jan 1995 - July 1995. 



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