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This paper reviews and illustrates the advantages of the use of NOAA-AVHRR data for vegetation mapping and monitoring in the Amazon Basin. The data are considered under two main categories: data of low spatial but high temporal resolution and long time period availability, and data of a higher spatial resolution but more limited temporal availability. The potential operational use of NOAA-AVHRR data in an automated deforestation mapping system is presented. It is suggested that full spatial resolution NOAA-AVHRR data can provide a suitable base for an automated deforestation mapping system, especially when combined with information derived from higher spatial resolution imagery to adjust for forest/non-forest interface patterns and with data of low spatial but high temporal resolution to adjust for forest seasonality variations.

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Authors: D'SOUZA G, JRC Ispra (IT);MALINGREAU J-P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Remote Sensing Reviews, Vol. 10 (1994) pp. 5-34
Record Number: 199411551 / Last updated on: 1995-01-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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