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Creating the Tamarisk Habitat Suitability Map (for Science Presentations)

The spread of invasive species is one of the most daunting environmental, economic, and human-health problems facing the United States and the World today. It is one of several grand challenge environmental problems being addressed by NASA's Science Mission Directorate through a national application partnership with the US Geological Survey. NASA and USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species on Department of Interior and adjacent lands. The system provides a framework for using USGS's early detection and monitoring protocols and predictive models to process MODIS, ETM+, ASTER, and commercial remote sensing data, and create on-demand, regional-scale assessments of invasive species patterns and vulnerable habitats.

The first step in this process is to collect relevant satellite data which can then be used to derive a Tamarisk Habitat Suitability Map. By combining daily Normalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI), daily Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), and MODIS Land Cover Classification data the likely Tamarisk habitat suitability map can be derived.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Jeffrey Morisette (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jeff Pedelty (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
1/1/2001 - 12/31/2001
Tamarisk Suitability
J. Morisette, et al., includes data from NASA's Terra, Aqua, and Earth Observing-1 satellites, and the USGS Landsat satellites.
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Land Cover
1/1/2001 - 7/1/2001
1/1/2001 - 12/31/2001
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
Invasive Species Forecasting System

GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Use/Land Cover
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Invasive Species
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Vegetation >> Vegetation Index
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Use/Land Cover >> Land Use Classes
GCMD >> Location >> United States Of America
NASA Science >> Earth

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