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Parts of the World's forest are undergoing significant changes and alterations as a result of human activities. In some regions they are threatened by almost uncontrolled degradation and conversion to other types of land uses. The protection and monitoring of forests is a broad and multidimensional endeavour requiring accurate up to date information at regional, continental and global scales. Data from the advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) on the NOAA satellites are available at low cost and have spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions suitable for forest inventories where whole countries or continents are concerned. This paper reviews applications of satellite imagery and illustrates the practical use of these data for forest condition monitoring.

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Authors: HOFFMANN C, JRC Ispra (IT);BELWARD A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Seminars of the United Nations Programme of Space Applications - Selected Papers on Remote Senses and Space Science
Record Number: 199610034 / Last updated on: 1996-02-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en