The Wetland Book pp 1685-1690 | Cite as

Remote Sensing of Wetland Types: Tropical Flooded Forests

  • Laura HessEmail author
  • Maycira CostaEmail author
  • Teresa EvansEmail author
  • Thiago S. F. SilvaEmail author
  • Bruce ChapmanEmail author
  • Tony MilneEmail author
Reference work entry


In many tropical regions, wetlands are extensive and are often associated with forested environments. Notable examples include those occurring in the floodplains of the Amazon and Congo Rivers. In these regions, cloud cover is prevalent and wetland mapping approaches have been most successful when using time series of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. The description of wetlands in forested environments is particularly enhanced when using temporal L-band HH datasets. The provision of information on these tropical wetlands is leading to a better understanding of their contributions to regional and global climate, particularly given their important role as a repository for carbon.


Tropical wetlands Inundation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Carbon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICESSUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  3. 3.Department of GeographySão Paulo State University (UNESP)Rio ClaroBrazil
  4. 4.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  5. 5.School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Earth Research InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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