Applications of Remotely Sensed Data from the Jornada Basin

TitleApplications of Remotely Sensed Data from the Jornada Basin
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRango A., Ritchie J, Schmugge T.J, Kustas WP, Chopping M.
EditorHavstad K, Huenneke L., Schlesinger W.H
Book TitleStructure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem: The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York, NY
ARIS Log Number159700
AbstractThe JER and CDRRC have many similarities to other arid rangelands around the world. They are remote with few measurements possible over vast areas. However, like other rangelands, little application of remote sensing data for measurement and monitoring has taken place. Although remote sensing data in the form of aerial photographs were acquired as far back as 1935 over portions of the Jornada Basin, little reliance was placed on these data. With the launch of Earth resources satellites in 1972, a variety of sensors could be used to collect remote sensing data from different platforms, including ground-based towers and hand-held approaches, low-altitude aircraft, high-altitude aircraft and satellites with various resolutions (now as good as 0.61 m) and spectral capabilities. The multispectral, multispatial and multitemporal remote-sensing approach would be ideal for extrapolating ground-based point-and-plot knowledge to large areas or landscape units. The JORNada EXperiment (JORNEX) is designed to acquire a long-term remote-sensing dataset that can be used in concert with the more conventional Jornada Basin LTER long-term data to provide more comprehensive knowledge of rangeland conditions across the landscape.