In Focus – Apollo Mapping Imagery & Academia: A Multi-Sensor Approach for VHR Vegetation Monitoring - Apollo Mapping
Posted on August 4th, 2020

In Focus – Apollo Mapping Imagery & Academia: A Multi-Sensor Approach for VHR Vegetation Monitoring

Over the many years, Apollo Mapping has helped a countless number of academics and professors source the proper imagery for their grant-funded research budgets. Whether it is 8-band multispectral and short-wave infrared (SWIR) WorldView-3 satellite imagery for land-use land-cover mapping; 50-cm digital elevation models (DEMs) for archaeological research; or synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for monitoring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in remote regions, we have decades of expertise finding the correct geospatial data source for your next project.

A figure from Jayachandran’s research showing examples of change detection results on QuickBird satellite imagery.

In this regular series, In Focus, we scour the internet to find former Apollo Mapping clients who used our satellite imagery and/or DEMs in their academic research. So without further ado, here is this month’s featured academic article.

Article Title, Author & Academic Institution: Cutting Down Trees for Emergency Cash: Why Access to Credit Can Make PES Programs More Effective, Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern

Key Scientific Discipline(s): micro-economics, human geography, remote sensing

Executive Summary: An object-oriented approach to image classification and change detection was applied to archived and newly tasked QuickBird satellite imagery to determine changes in forest and land cover (as is described here in some detail). Jayachandran’s ongoing research examines the effectiveness of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in reducing deforestation rates in developing nations and ways to improve them.

Commercial Satellite Imagery Datasets Used: 60-cm panchromatic and 2.4-m 4-band multispectral QuickBird

Are you a former Apollo Mapping academic client who would like to feature your research in a future edition of In Focus? If so, send us an email at, we would be happy to hear from you again!

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