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Abstract

Areas of current or impending deforestation hot spots have been mapped for each of the three tropical continents. Information on potential criteria for deforestation modelling was also collected to aid broad-scale classification. This includes features such as roads, and forest fire information which may be obtained from Earth observation data. The use of these spatial indicators in future modelling exercises will allow a more automatic identification of hot spot areas. The maps suggest that deforestation processes are sweeping over large areas and may be irreversible in many cases. In light of this, the question remains whether conservation efforts should maintain a focus on sustainable forest management, or whether they should concentrate on the preservation of a few areas not identified as current or impending hot-spots.

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Authors: ACHARD F, EVA H, GLINNI A, MAYAUX P, RICHARDS T, STIBIG H J, SPACE APPLICATIONS INSTITUTE - Global Vegetation Monitoring Unit
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18079 EN (1998) 104pp.
Availability: Available from CCR Ispra - Servizio Pubblicazioni
Record Number: 199910070 / Last updated on: 1999-02-19
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en