As we transition from summer into fall over the coming weekend, many of us here at Upstream Tech will celebrate the autumn equinox outside with friends and family. It seems apt, then, to also gather around the 30th annual National Public Lands Day, and celebrate the people, organizations, and countless efforts dedicated to stewarding public lands in the US for generations to come.
We’re proud that so many of our Lens users work to conserve and protect our public lands. We thought it worth taking a look at some imagery of a public land site, in Lens, that uses the help of near-infrared, Sentinel-2 imagery, to identify between deciduous trees and coniferous trees in a cinch.
In the example below, using a truecolor image (left) and a false-color image (right), see if you can distinguish the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees, and notice how difficult it is to do so using only truecolor imagery. Based on your observations, which trees are there more of, coniferous or deciduous?
And oh, for reference: coniferous trees show up much more darkly in the false-color image, and deciduous ones show up more brightly.
Happy fall, everyone!
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