THE MAPPING OF NATURAL RESOURCES BY SIDE-SCAN RADAR IN BRAZIL

The article describes the Radam (Radar da Amazonia) project to update data concerning Brazilian Amazonia to provide guidance for settlement and exploration. Air-borne side-scan radar, with its ability to penetrate cloud and fine rain, was used to produce 117 subject maps covering geology, geomorphology, soils, suitability for farming, vegetation and potential land use. With this side-scan system, where images can be obtained by day or night, the morphology of the ground is enhanced by the shadow effect which makes the relief stand out sharply. In the field of geology the parameters used in radar interpretation were identified as - morphology, drainage, relative strengths of rocks, texture, soil cover, soil humidity and laterite cover. To supplement the technical information, a socio-economic diagnosis was made of each area studied. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mineralogical Society

    41 Queen's Gate
    London SW7,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Bittencourtka, M C
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 354-359
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM