NASA Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

Project Description
The NASA Mesoamerican Biological Corridor is 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.