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Using Satellite Imagery to Locate Tropical Forests - Case Study

Using Satellite Imagery to Locate Tropical Forests - Case Study | Tropical forest | Scoop.it
Publication » Global tropical forest area measurements derived from coarse resolution satellite imagery: A comparison with other approaches.
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This article was used to: determine the climate and location of tropical forests.

 

This resource is highly authoritative and relevant because it was highly reliable in terms of relevance, authority, and accuracy.

 

Relevance: The intended audience is largely for graduate and college level students because the material is very dense and while it is detailed and clearly explained, the analysis of topography and the different layers of machinery analyzed requires prior knowledge. However, the information provided directly relates to the topic, if not in too much detail. 

 

Authority and Accuracy: The article quotes those of high authority, showing that not only has the article achieved its purpose of simplifying the study itself, but also is credible in that it further researched or interviewed those who performed the study. The most important part however, is the idea that this article was published on a website solely dedicated to publishing science official research and high-end scientific articles. Thus, I was prompted to create a log-in account and check my own credentials before even being able to access the information on this site, which proved to be very valuable. Therefore, this case study is detailed and specific, showing that a great deal of effort must have been made to simply operate the study itself. Additionally, there are multiple authors (Dr. Jenkins, Mike A. etc) and their credentials show that most of them are doctorate professors. The students that participated in this study must have expressed a geuine interest to do this highly classified study and are regarded as helpers or teacher assistants, showing that they have a great deal of education themselves. There are many other articles published by the same people who co-authored or authored this case  study.

 

Purpose - As this case study was very detailed and focused on specific data calculations to determine precise areas where tropical forests were located and how their growth was progressing over time, this is a very objective source focused on analyzing the topography of the satellite images.

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Deforestation Facts, Deforestation Information, Effects of Deforestation - National Geographic (Informational Website and Magazine Article)

Deforestation Facts, Deforestation Information, Effects of Deforestation - National Geographic (Informational Website and Magazine Article) | Tropical forest | Scoop.it
Learn about the effects of Deforestation at National Geographic, and what you can do to help.
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This article was used to: determine human issues surrounding the biome, its importance, and NPP. 

 

This resource is highly authoritative and relevant because it was highly reliable in terms of relevance, authority, and accuracy.

 

Relevance: The intended audience is for anyone who is interested in learning about deforestation and the extent to which this problem will affect our live s in the near future. 

 

Authority and Accuracy: The article is from National Geographic, a highly regarded magazine in itself that continually updates its material and publishes new information about discoveries. The website requires you to sign in and is thus very well regulated. I have registed an account through this website before, and I have compared the material to that of other sites and confirmed them to be relevant. Mos timportantly, the information is from scholars who have PhDs and are paid as an official job unlike those who simply post on blogs. As part of National Geographic, these doctorate individuals peer view and report other experts, using quotations. There is a place designated to cite this source and the author is part of a collaborative group that writes in a specific genre. The specialization and restriction of editing from public shows that that both the magazine and the information itself is well regulated and accurate.

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Wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest - YouTube Video

The Amazon rainforest is home to a bewildering array of wildlife, including macaws, toucans, tyrant flycatchers, capybaras, tapir, sloths, squirrel monkeys, ...
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This video was used to: determine some of the adaptations that the animals or plants have made to thrive.

 

This resource is highly authoritative and relevant because it was highly reliable in terms of relevance, authority, and accuracy..

 

Relevance: The intended audience is for students and adults who are interested in looking at some of the adaptations the animals and species. The video is on task and does what it is meant to do: to allow the viewer to see the wildlife and make observations. While this video doesn't directly inform the viewer why the animals are acting the way they are in their natural habitat, it does explain in the description the different animals seen.

 

Authority and Accuracy: This video is very accurate because it is from Britannica, an officially credited resource not only in our school but nationwide for information. It essentially comes from an encyclopedia type of source and is thereby very valuable. The credentials of the authors is that they publish scholarly articles on the main database . The video description shows that this is just a supplement of the following article which is very detailed: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/18707/Amazon-Rainforest

 

The article supports this video's accuracy and authority because not only is it a source of high accuracy (encyclopedia), but there are numerous statements on the page showing that the website is regulated by a group of professionals that collect and summarize information for kids, or younger students. That is why we use Britannica in our library!!!!!

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Princeton University - How Nitrogen Affects Plant Life in Tropical Forests - Journal Article

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This article was used to: determine the water quality, soil characteristics, as well as the overall climate. 

 

This resource is highly authoritative and relevant because it was highly reliable in terms of currency, relevance, authority, and accuracy.

 

Currency: The article is fairly recent (March 5, 2012) and the fact that it includes the time it was written as well shows that this source wants to detail out as much information as possible, and thereby lending itself credible. The source doesn't hide information and is up to date, expressing how this recent discovery will further future investigations. Thus, it also is accurate in that it believes that the information it has provided will be applicable for years to come. The study shows when the article was last edited and it was edited once again this year by the same author, showing that the news archives in Princeton are well regulated to be current.

 

Relevance: The intended audience is for anyone interested in learning about the findings the group made. Although Princeton University is an Ivy League School that is well educated about many aspects of how to conduct experiments and present the results of the experiment in a detailed analysis, this article does a good job telling the reader what he wants to know. Complicated material is broken down and simple to understand for high school students and up. Thus, the experience of the authors allows them to better understand how to present their information without cramming a scientific article on a brief news archive for alumni and other students to access.

 

Authority and Accuracy: The article quotes those of high authority, showing that not only has the article achieved its purpose of simplifying the study itself, but also is credible in that it further researched or interviewed those who performed the study. The most important part however, is the idea that this study explains the credentials of the author and who the people of the study are (if they are scientists, what they have been researching or looking into) before developing the study itself. Thus, its very reliable in that it acknowledges highly authoritive sources before talking about the results of the study and how nitrogen played a role in restoring the biodiversity of the area that was recolonized. The study also mentions the specific institutions where it got its information from. 

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How Carbon Storage Affects Plant Biodiversity in Tropical Forests - Article

How Carbon Storage Affects Plant Biodiversity  in Tropical Forests - Article | Tropical forest | Scoop.it
A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming.
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This article was used to: determine the water quality, soil characteristics, and importance of maitaining the biome.

 

This resource is highly authoritative and relevant because it was highly reliable in terms of currency, relevance, authority, and accuracy.

 

Currency: The article is very very recent (Tuesday, November 5, 2013) and the fact that it includes the time it was written in military time shows that this source wants to detail out as much information as possible, and thereby lending itself credible. The source doesn't hide information and is up to date, expressing how this recent discovery will further future investigations. Thus, it also is accurate in that it believes that the information it has provided will be applicable for years to come.


Relevance: The intended audience is for students and adults who are interested in looking into a study extracted from an official scientific journal and simplified or bogged down to make it easy to read. The information is once again, detailed enough for the intended audience and it is reliable in many ways because it has quotes from those of high authority " scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Bournemouth University". 

 

Authority and Accuracy: The article quotes those of high authority, showing that not only has the article achieved its purpose of simplifying the study itself, but also is credible in that it further researched or interviewed those who performed the study. The most important part however, is the idea that this article was published on a website solely dedicated to publishing science news articles. Thus, it fits the purpose that it has given and even cites graphs, pictures, and other resources used to simplify the scientific article it is describing.

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