Forest Complexity in the Green Tonality of Satellite Images

  • Juan Antonio López-RiveraEmail author
  • Ana Leonor Rivera
  • Alejandro Frank
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Forest complexity is associated with biodiversity and tells us information about the ecosystem health. A healthy forest must be in a scale-invariant state of balance between robustness and adaptability, reflected in the tonalities present on its vegetation. Remote imaging can be used to determine forest complexity based on the scale-invariance of green tones in the images. Here is proposed a simple technique to monitor changes on the forest using statistical moments and spectral analysis of the green tones on the satellite images.


Forest complexity Ecosystem health Scale invariance 



Partial Financial support for this work was provided by UNAM through grants DGAPA-PAPIIT IN106215, IV100116, and by CONACyT Frontera grants FC-2016-1/2277.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Antonio López-Rivera
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ana Leonor Rivera
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alejandro Frank
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro de Ciencias de la ComplejidadUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Instituto de Ciencias NuclearesUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  4. 4.El Colegio NacionalMexico CityMexico

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