LiDAR Studies of Tropical Forest Physical Geography and Cultural Ecology Part 3

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Geomorphology Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Samantha Krause, Timothy Beach, Nicholas Dunning
Chairs: Nicholas Dunning


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
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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