Tropical Forest Canopies Research

Dr Mark Mulligan, King's College London


Introduction

As part of an ongoing research project to better understand the relationship between aspects of geodiversity and biodiversity a number of PhD projects have been working towards better characterisation of tree diversity from high resolution aerial photographic and remote sensing data. This work takes place mainly at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon of Ecuador and combines high resolution satellite imagery from the IKONOS and QUICKBIRD satellites and high resoltuion aerial and ground tethered aerial photography with plot and transect based sampling and identification of tree species. The projects aim to :

(a) Better characterise the variation in canopy structural complexity as an indicator of subcanopy environmental complexity and thus potentially diversity

(b) Map elements of tree taxonomic diversity from high resolution satellite imagery

(c) Provide an operational taxonomic key for the taxonomic identification of trees from high resolution aerial photography


Resources
 
Imagery collected over the tiputini biodiversity station is available here (requires Google Earth Version 4 or above).

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