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The European Commission (EC) initiated through its Institute for Remote Sensing Applications (IRSA) the development of techniques for deriving through satellite observations relevant, timely and accurate information on the state and evolution of Earth surface characteristics. These activities can be seen in the framework of supporting the sectorial policies of the European Union in areas such as agriculture, forestry, environment, development and regional aid and support of the European scientific and applications communities in the utilization of Earth observation data. This paper discusses forest monitoring in both the tropics and temperature zone which are specifically addressed in IRSA's research programme. The following conclusions are drawn. Satellite remote sensing technology and applications techniques using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) multispectral data are well developed. Despite this, there is a great potential for increased applications of remote sensing in developing countries. Among the obstacles that need to be overcome in particular are the lack of persons trained in image interpretation and image processing and the high cost of data, particularly for extensive repetitive coverage. Initiatives, such as the use of portable, local satellite receiving systems and the collection of global AVHRR data can help in part to mitigate such problems. There is no doubt that remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) will play a key factor in collecting information on the status of forests on a worldwide basis and that this information is a pre-requisite for an efficient implementation of their sustainable development.

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Authors: HOFFMANN C, JRC Ispra (IT);BELWARD A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Seminars of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications: Selected papers on Remote Sensing, Satellite Communications and Space Science, Vol. 7 (1996) pp. 129-136
Availability: Available from C Hoffmann, Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, Joint Research Centre, Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199610309 / Last updated on: 1996-03-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en