Identifying Maya Pyramids
Lab description - The goal of this module was to classify satellite imagery to detect Maya sites with pyramids. Over the past couple of weeks, students did this by creating a number of images to determine what worked best (e.g. False Color, NDVI, etc.).
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Edit a raster image to display select information
- Export raster data to .kml or .kmz formats
- View and share this data in Google Earth
- Compare our Maya perspective to Southeast Asia (undergrads)
- Begin a comparative analysis in Southeast Asia (grads)
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT AWARD
The following student was chosen for their exceptional work on the Identifying Maya Pyramids assignment:
What we like: The neat thing about what Val did was to extend these skills from the Guatemalan rainforest to the jungles of Cambodia. Here she was able to use some of the same techniques to identify likely areas containing stone architecture in a region of extensive canopy. Such classification efforts are particularly important in parts of Cambodia because many relict landmines are left from the Khmer Rouge era and ground truthing is not always practical to do. In addition, his blog is fairly thorough. You can also see some of her Maya results.