Land-cover change detection

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Abstract

Land cover is the biophysical material on the surface of the earth. Land-cover types include grass, shrubs, trees, barren, water, and man-made features. Land cover changes continuously.  The rate of change can be either dramatic and abrupt, such as the changes caused by logging, hurricanes and fire, or subtle and gradual, such as regeneration of forests and damage caused by insects (Verbesselt et al., 2001).  Previous studies have shown that land cover has changed dramatically during the past sevearal centuries and that these changes have severely affected our ecosystems (Foody, 2010; Lambin et al., 2001). Lambin and Strahlers (1994b) summarized five types of cause for land-cover changes: (1) long-term natural changes in climate conditions, (2) geomorphological and ecological processes, (3) human-induced alterations of vegetation cover and landscapes, (4) interannual climate variability, and (5) human-induced greenhouse effect.  Tools and techniques are needed to detect, describe, and predict these changes to facilitate sustainable management of natural resources.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Land-cover change detection
Chapter 11
ISBN 978-1-4200-7074-3
DOI 10.1201/b11964-14
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 23 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover
First page 153
Last page 176
Country UNITED STATES
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N