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Mapping the Amazon

In spite of its clear significance to the planet, the expansive region is a complex and challenging place for remote sensing scientists to study.


NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Maryland, and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). River data from the World Wildlife Fund HydroSHEDS Project. Amazon biome boundaries using data from Olson, DM, et al. (1998). Brazilian Amazon legal boundaries using data from Potter, C.S, et al. (2003). Astronaut photograph ISS042-E-215303 was acquired on January 30, 2015, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using an 98 millimeter lens and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. Story by Adam Voiland.

Published September 26, 2019
Data acquired January 1, 2018

Sources:
Aqua > MODIS
ISS > Digital Camera
Landsat 7
Landsat 8