A Study to Explore the Use of Orbital Remote Sensing to Determine Native Arid Plant Distribution
AffiliationOffice of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona
College of Earth Sciences, University of Arizona
KeywordsVegetation surveys -- Remote sensing.
Botany -- Arizona -- Remote sensing.
Botany -- Arid regions -- Remote sensing.
Remote sensing -- Arizona.
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Description"Last biannual progress report and final report describing work under NASA contract no. NAS5-21812."
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