Techniques Spectral Modeling
Patient zero was probably in Puna, a lush, wild district not far from Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. In 2010, the U.S. Forest Service and University of Hawaii started getting calls from distraught landowners in the area about ohia trees on their properties. Ohias, the bright, flowered trees that dominate nearly 50 percent of the island-state’s forests, are known for their ability to thrive nearly anywhere across the archipelago. But a swath of them had withered mysteriously and died in a matter of weeks.
Follow-up to a recent analysis published by Somers and CAO team showing that gradients in tropical forest biodiversity can be mapped with airborne imaging spectroscopy.
A new way to map tropical forest canopy diversity from CAO will aid in developing future satellite missions