The South West Asia Project (SWAP) is a multi-year project at the Yale Center for Earth Observation funded by the NASA/MTPE Interdisciplinary Science Initiative. The objective of SWAP is to quantify and monitor the processes shaping the landscapes of Southwest Asia. This is a broad goal, requiring a cooperative effort from several groups at Yale including: Geology and Geophysics, Anthropology, Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Epidemiology and Public Health, as well as collaborators from the SWAP region.
We have an active collaboration with scientists from the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo, Syria. Several countries are included in the research area; e.g. Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, etc. The SWAP region has several unique environmental characteristics: