Global land cover mapping and characterization: present situation and future research priorities

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The availability and accessibility of global land cover data sets plays an important role in many global change studies. The importance of such science‐based information is also reflected in a number of international, regional, and national projects and programs. Recent developments in earth observing satellite technology, information technology, computer hardware and software, and infrastructure development have helped developed better quality land cover data sets. As a result, such data sets are increasingly becoming available, the user‐base is ever widening, application areas have been expanding, and the potential of many other applications are enormous. Yet, we are far from producing high quality global land cover data sets. This paper examines the progress in the development of digital global land cover data, their availability, and current applications. Problems and opportunities are also explained. The overview sets the stage for identifying future research priorities needed for operational land cover assessment and monitoring.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Global land cover mapping and characterization: present situation and future research priorities
Series title Geocarto International
DOI 10.1080/10106040508542334
Volume 20
Issue 1
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 8 p.
First page 35
Last page 42
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