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Forest Cover Characteristics and Changes

This is the most important, but also the most challenging, of the GOFC-GOLD themes. The associated information products appeal to the widest spectrum of users, including resource managers, policy makers, and scientists studying the global carbon cycle and biodiversity loss. GOFC-GOLD has proposed a systematic program for coarse resolution (250 - 1000 m) land cover mapping on a five year cycle, combined with periodic mapping and monitoring of forested areas at fine resolution (~25 m). Very large datasets from a wide range of sensors have to be acquired, assembled, processed, and analyzed. Although most of the individual technology components have been demonstrated, coordinated systems to generate the required products need to be established. The proposed approach is shown schematically in Figures 2 and 3.

Figure 2

Figure 2: Forest Cover Characteristics


Figure 3

Figure 3: Forest Cover Changes

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