Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 5, 2005
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
Citation: Rango, A., Ritchie, J., Schmugge, T., Kustas, W., Chopping, M.J. 2006. Applications of remotely sensed data from the Jornada basin. In: Havstad, K.M., Huenneke, L.F., Schlesinger, W.H., editors. Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem. The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 305-320. Interpretive Summary: Interpretive summary not required.
Technical Abstract: The 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.