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.