These are two satellite images (from Sentinel Hub Playground) of south-eastern Arizona, with the short-wave infrared (SW…

 

These are two satellite images (from Sentinel Hub Playground) of south-eastern Arizona, with the short-wave infrared (SWIR) band turned on. This band indicates moisture in vegetation and the soil, with green indicating more moisture present. The first image is from Aug. 2020 and the second is from Aug. 2021, so you can see the magnitude of the effect that this year’s record-heavy monsoon has had on the landscape. Tucson is in the upper left; Willcox Playa is the white polygon at center top. The white puffballs are clouds. The US-Mexico border is the bottom border of each image. You can see the San Pedro River and various “sky island” mountain ranges, including the Santa Ritas, Huachucas, Whetstones, and Dragoons. Those sky islands are much more connected, ecologically speaking, during a wet year compared to a dry one. #landscapeecology #remotesensing #sentinel #monsoon #arizonamonsoon #skyisland #skyislands #landscapeecologist #satelliteimagery #arizona

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