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Activity Description

Educational Materials


  • CD-ROM: "Microwave and optical remote sensing of Amazonian wetlands: a multi-scale, multi-sensor approach to understanding wetland hydrology and ecology"

    This CD-Rom was produced for use in tutorials and courses taught by this science team. For information on its availabily, please, contact: Dr. Evelyn Novo

Formal Training


  • Training activities provided by this group focused on graduate student and technician training. Two Ph.D., two M.Sc. and one undergraduate student are associated with this project at Inpa. One Ph.D., three M.Sc., two post-docs, two undergraduates and one technician are associated with this project at Inpe.


  • Two Ph.D., two M.Sc. and one undergraduate students are associated with the LC-07 project at INPA. One Ph.D., three M.Sc., two postdocs, two undergraduates and one technician are associated with our LC-07 at INPE. One undergraduate student is associated with LC-07 at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), in Santarém.

Information Dissemination in Popular Media


  • Video Magazine Journeys through Earth and Space

    In September 2000, ICESS hosted a video production team from the Earth and Space Sciences Project of NASA’s High Performance Computing and Communications Program (HPCC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

    L. Hess was interviewed and filmed for a video magazine presented at the SC2000 Conference, 4-10 November 2000, in Dallas.

    NASA’s exhibit at the conference showcased science applications of supercomputing tools and facilities developed by NASA investigators. The JERS-1 Amazon mosaics, processed with the aid of the JPL supercomputing group headed by Dave Curkendall, and displayed on that group’s Digital Light Table, were one of three applications featured in the video.

    Hess explained the scientific significance of the mapping that is being carried out with the Amazon mosaics, and also contributed ground and aerial videography obtained during LBA field work. Predicted attendance at the conference was 5000 visitors.

Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences


  • Microwave and optical remote sensing of Amazonian wetlands: a multi-scale, multi-sensor approach to understanding wetland hydrology and ecology

    A series of lectures on this topic were presented by Laura L. Hess, as an invited speaker at the "SIVAM Technology Transfer Seminar VI: Monitoring and Mapping Hydrology and Ecosystem Quality":

    • Amazonian wetlands: geography, nomenclature, and significance
    • High-resolution, geocoded digital videography for validation of land-cover classification
    • Synthetic aperture racdar remote sensing of wetlands: theory, sensors, and datasets
    • Case studies of SAR-based mapping of Amazonian wetlands using SIR-C and JERS-1 data
    • Passive microwave, radar altimetry, and SAR interferometry techniques for characterizing inundated area and water level heights

    • Synthesis of multi-scale microwave and optical data for modeling wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry
  • The SIVAM (Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia) Technology Transfer Seminars are designed to familiarize Brazilian scientists and managers with recent developments in remote sensing and other fields, which are likely to be useful in the environmental monitoring or surveillance components of the SIVAM project. For this seminar, simultaneous translations between English and Portuguese were provided by CCSIVAM.

    The seminar was held at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, from February 12 to 15. There were approximately 50 participants from a variety of Brazilian governmental agencies, universities, and military services.

    Lecture overheads in pdf format, a complete list of attendees with affiliations, a group photo, and a link to the SIVAM web site can be found at Amazon Wetlands LBA Studies


  • Understanding via the visualization of large, earth science data sets

    Lecture presented by L. Hess and B. Chapman at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.

  • Amazonian forests and wetlands as viewed by synthetic aperture radar and airborne digital videography

    Chapman and Hess presented an overview of the JERS-1 Amazon Mapping and Monitoring (JAMMS) study (pre-cursor to our LBA wetlands study) and narrated a real-time “fly-over” of the JERS-1 mosaics.

    JPL’s Digital Light Table facility was used to project the entire mosaic (with a file size of greater than 3 terabytes) on the screen at von Karman; in addition, the mosaic was draped over the GTOPO-30 DEM and could be rotated and tilted at any angle.

    Prior to the presentation, Hess and Chapman worked with H. Siegel of the JPL supercomputing group to link the VOAM99 digital videography with the mosaic fly-over in real time.

    Thirty-second digital video clips of the mainstem floodplain and Roraima savanna wetlands were extracted from videotapes and converted to QuickTime format at UCSB, then transferred via FTP to JPL with accompanying ASCII text files giving longitudes and latitudes of the video frames.

    At JPL, clips were converted to file formats compatible with the SGI architecture used by the Digital Light Table. Software written by Siegel made it possible to play wide-angle and zoom video clips in windows overlying the JERS-1 mosaic display, automatically orient the JERS-1 mosaic to the aircraft flight direction, and automatically track the location on the mosaic corresponding to the synchronized video displays. The lecture was attended by approximately 100 people.

  • Characterizing Ecology and Hydrology of Tropical Wetlands with Remotely Sensed Data

    This lecture was presented by J.M. Melack and L. Hess (Co-Chairs) at the Society of Wetlands Scientists Invited Papers Symposium at the INTECOL 6th International Wetland Symposium, in Quebec, Canada.


  • Training on SAR Remote Sensing of Amazonian Wetlands

    This training was offered by Dr. L. Hess (UCSB) as part of the PETROBRAS SIVAM Airborne SAR Training Program held in Rio de Janeiro, on April 3rd, 2003.


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