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July 2002

Preparation of a land cover database through remote sensing and GIS

Pilot study in Bulgaria

Remote Sensing for Decision-Makers Series
No. 21

Three large areas in different regions of Bulgaria were selected by the FAO Project TCP/BUL/8922 as representative of the agricultural production of the country. An operative methodology for the preparation from recent satellite data and land cover maps specially devised for agricultural applications, was tested and finalized. The most recent Landsat TM data, cloud-free and acquired over the test areas according to the crop calendar, were used.

(Also available in French)

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