ADVANCED REMOTE SENSING

OIL PALM PLANTATIONS IN PARÁ, BRAZIL

This poster was designed for Advanced Remote Sensing class project and was done in collaboration with the University of Leicester. The Brazilian Amazon has some of the most suitable land for oil palm cultivation in the world, and given growing global demands for edible oils, oil based products, and biofuel feedstocks, there is strong economic incentive for expanding the oil palm industry in this region. The purpose of this project was to identify the establishment dates of 15 oil palm plantations and investigate whether oil palm plantations were established on previously cleared or forested land. For this project we used Google Earth and Landsat imagery acquired from the USGS Earth Explorer. Furthermore, a table was made including a timeline for each oil palm plantation identified by the University of Leicester and the amount of forest loss per oil palm plantation post 2000 using Hansen forest loss polygons. Please see the PowerPoint and Excel sheet to view the timeline and polygons for each oil plantation. A pdf of the poster can also be view here

Group members: Shirin Esmaeili and Isabel Miranda