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Abstract

Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data have been used to assess the dynamics of forest transformations in three parts of the tropical belt. A large portion of the Amazon Basin has been systematically covered by Local Area Coverage data in the 1985-1987 period. The analysis of the vegetation index and thermal data led to the identification and measurement of large areas of active deforestation. The Kalimantan/Borneo forest fires were monitored and their impact was evaluated using the Global Area Coverage 4km resolution data. Finally, High Resolution Picture Transmission data provided preliminary information on current activities taking place at the boundary between the savanna and the forest in the southern part of West Africa. The AVHRR approach was found to be a highly valuable means for carrying out deforestation assessments in regional and global perspectives.

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Authors: MALINGREAU J P, JRC Ispra (IT);LAPORTE N, JRC Ispra (IT);TUCKER C J, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 10 (1989) Nos. 4 and 5, pp. 855-867
Record Number: 199010526 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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