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Tropical forests represent important pools of economic, biological and ecological resources. Theses ecosystems are particularly threatened by the rapid increase, world-wide, in the demand for new agricultural land and for new products. Another important aspect is their role in the atmosphere -biosphere exchange processes, and in particular for the carbon cycle and the green house gases flow -such as carbon dioxide and methane. This issue is linked to global climate change, a problem of major concern for all mankind on spacecraft earth, and hence of great political, and scientific relevance. The recent Protocol to the Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed in Kyoto has stressed the critical nature of the situation, and confirmed the general awareness and political will to take action towards a long term solution.

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Authors: SGRENZAROLI M, Global Vegetation Monitoring, SAI, Ispra (IT);EVA H, IDEM;ACHARD F, IDEM
Bibliographic Reference: Oral Delivery given at Conference On Remote Sensing and Forest Monitoring. Organized by the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. Held in Rogow, Poland. 1-3 June, 1999
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