What is Tropi-Dry?

Sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). TROPI-DRY's goal is to bring together researchers in conservation biology, ecology and evolution, remote sensing and geographic information systems, sociology, anthropology, policy analysis, and forestry to focus on Ecological Research, Advances in Remote Sensing and GIS, and Human Dimension issues.

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation
Tropi-Dry's unique collaborative network

Tropi-Dry research focuses on Ecological ResearchAdvances in Remote Sensing and GIS, and Human Dimension issues, and in collaboration with local and national policy-making organizations, produces comprehensive and comparative land use/policy studies in tropical dry regions in the natural and social sciences. At present, Tropi-Dry incorporates researchers and institutions from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, United States of America and Venezuela.

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Ecology
The principal objective of the ecological and remote sensing approach is to develop a comprehensive and standardized protocol for recognizing and comparing Tropical Dry Forests (TDFs) successional stages. Read More »

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Remote Sensing and GIS
TROPI-DRY work involves a multi-scale multi-temporal study using Landsat TM, ASTER and MODIS remote sensing data in addition to NASA /MODIS remote sensing-derived products such as Leaf Area Index (LAI) and net primary productivity (NPP). Read More »

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Human Dimension
The social sciences component of the TROPI-DRY employs a multi-method, staged, combined qualitative and quantitative research approach.  

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