Thursday, October 6, 2011

AToMs - Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System

The Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System - AToMs - of the Carnegie Institution for Science creates high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of the physical structure of the Amazon.

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Imaging spectrometer sensors detect chemical and optical signals in the forest, revealing everything from the water content of leaves to chemicals that indicate if a plant is under stress from drought. In this image, taken near the Manu River in Peru, canopies in blue contain high nitrogen concentrations; in purple, high nitrogen, water, and cellulose content; and in red, high chlorophyll and other photosynthetic pigments. - Check out more images here.

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