Monitoring inundated wetlands ecosystems with satellite microwave remote sensing in support of earth system science research

Kyle C. McDonald, B. Chapman, Erika Podest, Ronny Schroeder, Sarah Flores, Karen Willacy, Mahta Moghaddam, Jane Whitcomb, Laura Hess, John S. Kimball

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Abstract

We are constructing a global-scale Earth System Data Record (ESDR) of inundated wetlands to facilitate investigations on their role in climate, biogeochemistry, hydrology, and biodiversity. The ESDR is composed of fine-resolution maps of wetland extent, vegetation type, and seasonal inundation dynamics derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for continental-scale areas covering crucial wetland regions, and global multi-year mappings of inundation extent at coarse resolution derived from multiple satellite data sets. We present details of ESDR construction including remote sensing algorithms, cross-product harmonization, and data system development supporting ESDR construction and product dissemination. This ESDR will provide the first accurate, consistent and comprehensive global-scale data set of wetland inundation and vegetation.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2011
Event34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Apr 10 2011Apr 15 2011

Conference

Conference34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period04/10/1104/15/11

Keywords

  • ESDR
  • Inundation
  • Remote sensing
  • Wetlands

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