Global tropical forest area measurements derived from coarse resolution satellite imagery: a comparison with other approaches
Definition of appropriate tropical forest policies must be supported by better information of forest distribution. New information technologies make possible the development of advanced systems which can accurately report on tropical forest area issues. The European Commission TREES (Tropical Ecosystem Environment observation by Satellite) project has produced a consistent map of the humid tropical forest cover based on 1 km resolution satellite data. This base-line reference information can be further calibrated using a sample of high resolution data, in order to produce accurate forest area estimates. There is a good general agreement with other pantropical inventories (FAO Forest resources Assessment 90, IUCN exhaustive survey with satellite data).
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Environmental Conservation
Record Number: 199711705 / Last updated on: 1998-01-20
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