The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Project
Entry ID: NASA_MBC7

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Summary
Abstract: A three-year project developed to map and monitor land cover of the
Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. The project is divided into two components:
1) land cover/land use mapping and 2) the development of a web page to provide
project information and remote sensing data of Central America. Participants
include personnel from NASA, the Global Hydrology and Climate Center, National
Space Science and Technology Center, the University of Maine, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development
(CCAD). Additionally, there are representatives participating from each of the
seven Central American countries.

A principal objective of this project is to facilitate cooperative scientific
research, data exchange, and training between NASA and Central American
researchers.

Specific Project Objectives Include:

* Develop a region-wide JERS-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mosaic and
land cover/land use map to support scientific research along the Mesoamerican
Biological Corridor.
* Validate the land cover/land use map using ancillary GIS data and ground
data collected on test sites selected throughout the region.
* Develop landscape metrics to measure forest fragmentation and patch
dynamics for landscape characterization and biodiversity analysis within the
Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
* Conduct training and capacity development for Mesoamerican scientists in
remote sensing/image processing, GIS/spatial analysis and ecological
monitoring.
* Develop a web page to provide project data, publications, and related
information.

(Source: NASA/GHCC/MSFC)

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Main Web Site


Link: GET DATA
Description: JPL is one of the main NASA/CCAD project participants. 100-meter resolution
JERS radar imagery of Central America will be downloadable from this site.
There are also links to the JPL Imaging Radar page, which is dedicated to
informing the public about the work that NASA and JPL (and other institutions)
are conducting in radar remote sensing of the Earth's surface. It assists
interested users on how they may obtain, utilize, and analyze radar data and
images. (Source: GHCC/MSFC/NASA)


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Description: The University of Maine is another principal NASA/CCAD project collaborator.
The university's Maine Image Analysis Laboratory (MIAL) is a research facility
for the application of satellite remote sensing and geographic information
systems to natural resource management. One of the research areas of MIAL is
time series forest change and land cover/land use conversion in Petén,
Guatemala. Housed in the Department of Forest Management at the University of
Maine, the laboratory maintains facilities for digital image processing,
geographic information analysis and photo interpretation. (Source:
GHCC/MSFC/NASA)


Link: GET DATA
Description: A very useful site, PROCIG (Proyecto Centroamericano de Información Geográfica
para el Desarrollo) is a network of Central American organizations dedicated to
the development and advancement of Geographic Information Systems throughout
the region. (Source: GHCC/MSFC/NASA)


Geographic Coverage
 N: 27.0 S: 6.0  E: -70.0  W: -112.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Steven A. Sader, Daniel J. Hayes, Daniel E. Irwin, Sasan S. Saatchi,
Dataset Title: Preliminary Forest Cover Change Estimates for Central America (1990's), With Reference to the Proposed Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
Dataset Release Place: GHCC/MSFC
Dataset Publisher: NASA
Online Resource: http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov

Dataset Originator/Creator: Daniel J. Hayes & Dr. Steven A. Sader
Dataset Title: Change Detection Techniques for Monitoring Forest Clearing and Regrowth in a Tropical Moist Forest
Dataset Release Place: GHCC/MSFC
Dataset Publisher: NASA
Online Resource: http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > BELIZE
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > COSTA RICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > EL SALVADOR
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > GUATEMALA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > HONDURAS
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > NICARAGUA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA > PANAMA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CENTRAL AMERICA


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND COVER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND PRODUCTIVITY    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND RESOURCES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND USE CLASSES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LANDSCAPE >LANDSCAPE PATTERNS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >MICROWAVE >MICROWAVE IMAGERY    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >MICROWAVE >MICROWAVE RADIANCE    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT >ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONSERVATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LANDSCAPE >LANDSCAPE PROCESSES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
BOUNDARIES


Platform
GOES-10 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 10    [Information]
JERS-1 >Japanese Earth Resources Satellite-1    [Information]
LANDSAT    [Information]
LANDSAT-7    [Information]
TERRA >Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)    [Information]


Instrument
SAR >Synthetic Aperture Radar    [Information]
MODIS >Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer    [Information]


Project
NASA/MBC >NASA Mesoamerican Biological Corridor    [Information]


Use Constraints
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/policy/


Keywords
Landscape metrics
Landscape Ecology
Forest fragmentation
Spatial Analysis


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center


Data Center
Global Hydrology and Climate Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: DR. JAMES E. ARNOLD
Email: jim.arnold at msfc.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
National Space Science and Technology Center
320 Sparkman Drive
City: Huntsville
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805
Country: USA



Data Center Personnel
Name: COMISIÓN CENTROAMERICANA DE AMBIENTE Y DESARROLLO (CCAD) CENTRAL AMERICA
Phone: (503) 2248-8800
Fax: (503) 2248-8899
Email: info.ccad at sica.int
Contact Address:
Boulevard Orden de Malta No. 470, Urbanización Santa Elena
City: El Salvador, also known as Antiguo Cuscatlán
Province or State: Central America
Country: El Salvador


Personnel
DANIEL E. IRWIN
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (256) 961-7945
Fax: (256) 961-7722
Email: Daniel.Irwin at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
National Space Science and Technology Center
320 Sparkman Drive
City: Huntsville
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805
Country: USA


TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-03-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-10-08

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