Image-Grant for the Rio Xingú, Brazil

Big thanks to the DigitalGlobe Foundation for their generous imagery donation!  The high resolution satellite imagery covering the entire Middle Xingú River will allow us to map the baseline habitat extents of several endemic and highly specialized fish species such as the Zebra pleco (Hypancistrus zebra) prior to the construction of the Belo Monte dam complex.

The mapping tools we will develop with these data will be readily transferable to other rivers as well, allowing for the ongoing monitoring of habitats crucial to the survival of specialized endemic species.


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