Earth  ID: 14198

Listening to the Amazon: Tracking Deforestation Through Sound

From space, parts of the Amazon rainforest that have previously been logged or burned may look lush and green, like a place buzzing with activity and full of sounds. But inside the rainforest the animal life may tell a different story, of a harsh environment and a quieter soundscape. Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Maryland recorded sounds within diverse regions of the affected Amazon rainforest to better understand how the acoustics of a forest can be a cost-effective indicator of its health.

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Kathleen Gaeta (AIMM): Lead Producer
Danielle Rappaport (Conservation 4.0): Lead Scientist
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Erica McNamee (Telophase Corp): Writer
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Keywords:
DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Habitat Conversion/Fragmentation >> Deforestation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
GCMD >> Location >> Amazonia
SVS >> Amazon Basin
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0