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Predicted population increases will put ever-increasing pressure on land use in the continent of South America. Deforestation, desertification and changes in agricultural activities could have major impacts on regional water cycling and global climate. Determining likely climate change scenarios, modelling impacts of climate change, socio-economic planning and protecting the continent's biodiversity all call for regular monitoring of land cover.

This Land Cover map of South America for 2000 offers a combination of spatial and thematic detail previously unavailable. The map uses data from microwave and optical sensors on Earth Observing satellites to map South America's land cover into more than 40 classes at a spatial resolution of 1km. The resulting product provides an essential assessment of the continent's land resources at the start of the new millennium.

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Authors: GUIMAR?ES M, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA), CNPM, Campinas (BR);EVA H D ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DE MIRANDA E E, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), CNPM, Campinas (BR);COUTINHO A, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), CNPM, Campinas (BR);GUIMARÃES M, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), CNPM, Campinas (BR);DI BELLA C M, Instituto de Clima y Agua (INTA), Buenos Aires (AR);GOND V, Centre International de Recherche en Agronomie pour le Développement (CIRAD/ECOFOG), Cayenne (GF);HUBER O, CoroLab Humboldt (CIET/IVIC), Caracas (VE);JONES S, Department of Geomatics, University if Melbourne (AU);DORADO A, ECOFORÇA, Campinas (BR);ELVIDGE C, NOAA-NESDIS National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder (US)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20159 EN (2002), 34pp. Free of charge EUR-OP reference: LB-NA-20159-EN-C
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4449_5
Record Number: 200316180 / Last updated on: 2003-04-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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