Image Acquisition Resource Mapping -- Remote Sensing and GIS for Conservation

Natural Color Imagery

The advantage of our natural color camera is its higher resolution and greater sensitivity to light. It captures excellent aerial imagery under cloud cover and in sub-optimal weather conditions.

This 30 cm-per-pixel mosaic was constructed from five flight lines flown under heavy cloud cover and intermittent rain in Belize, Central America.

With an image swath of 1.7 kilometers at that scale, the natural color camera was a better and more economical choice to acquire coverage under difficult conditions for uses that did not require sophisticated spectral classification.

Its use was appropriate to map new development within the Mayan communities, as well as to identify conversions to cropland, and both selective logging and clear-cutting on these indigenous land holdings.

Santa Cruz, a traditional Mayan community in the highlands of Belize, Central America.

Santa Cruz mosaic

Natural color coverage is a less expensive and more versatile choice for land use monitoring based primarily on spatial discrimination.


Monitoring selective logging with 50-cm
1999/2003 imagery in northern Bolivia.

Bolivia logging
Bahia shore development

Reviewing proposed tourist development on the coast of Bahia.

Brazilian clear cutting

Tracking forest concessions and land clearing with 2-meter regional coverage in Brazil.

Find more examples of natural color imagery of Belize in the International Conservation and Development section of Applications.

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