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Subdivision of the Pantanal area in geological and environmental counterparts

Grant number: 10/52614-4
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2011 - October 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences
Principal Investigator:Teodoro Isnard Ribeiro de Almeida
Grantee:Teodoro Isnard Ribeiro de Almeida
Host Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IGC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Pantanal is one of the largest continuous stretches of wetland and is located in the center of South America in the Upper Paraguay River Basin. Although this environment is relatively well defined, there is no consensus on its boundaries, its internal subdivisions, or even on the number of subareas and their adopted place names, what makes difficult any legislative or regulatory actions related to the region, since the diversity of the Pantanal is huge. The optical remote sensing is a tool particularly suited to this research. not just because all the region is located on a floodplain, not resulting in differences in lighting by the sun, as for its intense annual dynamics, which can be observed by satellite sensors, particularly using MODIS images. This paper aims to contribute to the delineation of Pantanal and its sub-areas analyzing the physical environment and vegetation cover through field data and multi-sensor, multi-scale and multi-temporal remote sensing, interpreting geology, tectonics, geomorphology, drainage patterns, sand expression of flood schemes and, especially, the characteristics of the vegetation cover. It is intended to further demonstrate that these covers are particularly related to the physical environment, thus enabling to obtain physical parameters from vegetation that will be critical to determine the various subdivisions of that environment. In GIS (Geographic Information System), data involved in environmental diversification of the Pantanal will be crossed, allowing the establishment of a proposed subdivision of the Pantanal sub-areas in geological and environmental counterparts to criteria that can be replicated, supporting the discussion of the human occupation ordering of that environment. (AU)

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RIBEIRO DE ALMEIDA, TEODORO ISNARD; PENATTI, NATASHA COSTA; FERREIRA, LAERTE GUIMARAES; ARANTES, ARIELLE ELIAS; DO AMARAL, CIBELE HUMMEL. Principal component analysis applied to a time series of MODIS images: the spatio-temporal variability of the Pantanal wetland, Brazil. WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, v. 23, n. 4, p. 737-748, . (10/52614-4)
PENATTI, NATASHA COSTA; RIBEIRO DE ALMEIDA, TEODORO ISNARD; FERREIRA, LAERTE GUIMARAES; ARANTES, ARIELLE ELIAS; COE, MICHAEL T.. Satellite-based hydrological dynamics of the world's largest continuous wetland. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, v. 170, p. 1-13, . (10/52614-4)
ANTONIO C. PARANHOS FILHO; ALEXIS R. NUMMER; EDILCE A. ALBREZ; ALISSON A. RIBEIRO; RÔMULO MACHADO. A study of structural lineaments in Pantanal (Brazil) using remote sensing data. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 85, n. 3, p. 913-922, . (10/52614-4)

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