Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

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Abstract

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

The Ayeyarwady Delta—also called the Irrawaddy Delta—is a vast alluvial floodplain. The delta spans over 35,000 km(13,500 mi2) and was once home to an extensive tract of mangrove forests, but deforestation has changed the landscape. One scientific study estimated that the delta lost 1,685 km2 (651 mi2) from 1978 to 2011. This 40-year sequence of Landsat images shows the relatively rapid loss of mangrove forest.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country Myanmar
Other Geospatial Ayeyarwady Delta, Irrawaddy Delta
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N