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Human activities over land include processes (deforestation, land clearing, burning, fertilisation) which, if irreversible and generalised over large areas, could influence the long-term evolution of ecosystems. Such processes are, in turn, taking place in possible climate change situations. Characterising these changes at the surface of the earth is, therefore, an important component of global change analysis. This paper focuses on the use of space observations for detecting, identifying and measuring changes in the biosphere, with particular reference to its vegetation cover.

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Authors: MALINGREAU J-P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Biological Indicators of Global Change, Bruxelles (BE), May 7-9, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36811 ORA
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