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Satellite data have fascinated scientists for approximately 25 years. At long last many kinds of professionals have realized the potential of using information derived from such data in carrying out their daily work and in fulfilling various responsibilities towards both society and environment. This paper is meant as an ultra short introduction to the land cover and land use themes as ingredients in environmental applications. Land cover is defined as a description of the physical surface features of the land; land use is defined as a description of the socio-economic significance of those features. A land cover map can be produced automatically form earth observation data. By using a geographical information system (GIS) it is possible to combine earth observation data with other more conventional data types, like statistics, road maps, precipitation data and many other types. A GIS will help to transfer land cover information into land use information and thus enable the use of satellite data to cover a much wider spectrum of needs.

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Authors: FOLVING S, JRC Ispra (IT);MÉGIER J, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Information Technology for Earth Observation in Education, Toulouse (FR), 28-30 November 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41290 ORA
Record Number: 199810688 / Last updated on: 1998-06-08
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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