Exploring Ecosystems with Satellites
ECOSYSTEMS AS LANDSCAPE ART
Wide public access to satellite images with Google Earth, Apple and Bing Map Systems have created virtual global gallery of ecosystems. Hidden in this continously updated digital museum of big spatial image data are remarkable examples of landscape art.
This page shows some a selection of Post-modern and contemporary art of Canada's Boreal, and Subarctic Ecozones; or may be more appropriate Canada's "Boreal and subarctic Artzones".
Contemporary Art of Boreal and Sub-Arctic Wildland Fire Ecosytems
IMAGE 1Forest fires engraved the North Boreal Landscape into an intricate mosaic of vegetation patterns. This NASA Landsat image, part of the GEOCover 2000 data base, enhances the age of and succession after fires: the most vivid reds are recent fires, fading over decades into pink, light green and dark green. Such a full cycle of regrowth and succession may take 80-100 years in this northern landscape. However natural fire frequency is such that most areas will be burned more than once in a hundred years. This image cover was originally accesible through NASA's World Wind system. Google Earth Location-KMZ
IMAGE 2This is a higher resolution of the NASA GeoCover imagery. The pink-red still represents fire scars. A stronger link between and soil moisture can be seen here. Since a near infrared band was used in this image water tends to be very dark. Google Earth Location Link-KMZ
IMAGE 3Apple Maps 'interpretation' of fire ecology in northern boreal landscapes. Link to Google Earth location-KMZ