This session is the third portion of our series of papers on LiDAR studies within tropical regions. Recently, a growing cadre of studies have demonstrated the deep history of humans in tropical forest environments around the world. A UNESCO conference and soon to appear volume (Sanz in press) provide case studies of this deep cultural interaction in Africa, SE Asia, Central America, and Amazonia. In addition, a recent review in Nature Plants (Roberts et al. 2017) underscores these cultural interactions with tropical forests over millennia. This session includes papers that integrate ecological and cultural factors of tropical forests
based on recent LiDAR imagery. This session calls on using LiDAR to study the heretofore hidden cultural ecology, anthropogenic geomorphology, and forest ecology of tropical forests. Papers thus far cover hidden landesque capital like indigenous terraces, wetland fields, reservoirs, and other evidence of cultural history of tropical forests. Papers also cover cultural impacts on forest ecology and structure.
|Presenter||Corrine Coakley*, Department of Geography, Kent State University, Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Department of Geography, Kent State University, James Tyner, Department of Geography, Kent State University, Using Remote Sensing to Identify the Khmer Rouge Irrigation Network||20||5:20 PM|
|Presenter||Nicholas Dunning*, University of Cincinnati, Armando Anaya Hernandez, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche, Christopher Carr, University of Cincinnati, Kathryn Reese-Taylor, University of Calgary, New Light on the Lowlands: Lidar at Yaxnohcah, Mexico||20||5:40 PM|
|Presenter||Timothy Beach*, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Fred Valdez, University of Texas at Austin, Thomas Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler, Ground-truthing the first LiDAR imagery of ancient Maya wetland fields: twenty years of field work and two days of LiDAR||20||6:00 PM|
|Presenter||Jose Iriarte*, University of Exeter, What can pre-Columbian polyculture agroforestry systems tell us about sustainable Amazonian futures? Tales from Amazonian Dark Earths and the ‘Geoglyph Builders’||20||6:20 PM|
|Discussant||Jose Iriarte University of Exeter||20||6:40 PM|
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