Authors: Samantha Krause*, Texas State University, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Thomas Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler, Eleanor Harrison-Buck, University of New Hampshire
Topics: Paleoenvironmental Change, Remote Sensing, Geomorphology
Keywords: remote sensing, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental change, wetlands, soil
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 36
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Remote Sensing technology continues to advance our understanding of modern tropical landscapes across the globe. Additionally, various remote sensing surveys and data collection efforts have resulted in multidisciplinary field efforts across many previously under surveyed landscapes. Lidar and satellite remote sensing, specifically, has aided in furthering our understanding of geomorphic change of wetlands and floodplains, and further research may help to quantity both natural and anthropogenic changes over the Holocene. This paper reviews some of the recent remote sensing efforts that have been conducted across various watersheds within the Maya Lowlands, specifically within the Rio Bravo floodplain in Northwestern Belize as well as the lagoon system around the island of Crooked Tree in northern Belize. Both of these systems are compelling hydrological landscape with strongly seasonal flood regimes and key evidence of long-term anthropogenic modification. Results from our ongoing analyses will provide robust information on hydrologic and geographic landscape patterns within this dynamic environment.