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Forest grassland and natural vegetation mapping and monitoring via remote sensing

A forest, grassland and natural vegetation mapping and monitoring project has been set up aimed at providing information on environmental themes and biodiversity, and including productivity parameters. A watershed study and 2 grassland mapping study contracts have been defined and approved. Design of a remote sensing based mapping and monitoring system for forest ecosystems has been undertaken. This includes a land degradation aspect. The key thematic points considered were:
resource (ie volume);
ecological value;
relation to landscape;
stratification and regionalization;
nomenclature (to ensure data compatibility).
A stratification and regionalization study has been initiated and an expert workshop prepared on nomenclature. Research on providing standardized and operational methods for mapping forest ecosystems on a European scale has focussed on:
radiometric correction;
image segmentation;
spectral phenological profiles;
automatic classification (in particular neural networks);
spectral mixture modelling.
A software package is being developed to provide an integrated preprocessing and processing environment for classifying land vegetation. It is currently being developed within an existing commercial image processing system running in most UNIX environments.

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Joint Research Centre, Ispra
21020 Ispra
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