A land cover map of South America

Eva, H, Belward, A, Evaristo, M, Di Bella, C, Gond, V, Jones, S, Sgrenzaroli, M and Fritz, S 2004, 'A land cover map of South America', Global Change Biology, vol. 10, pp. 731-744.


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Title A land cover map of South America
Author(s) Eva, H
Belward, A
Evaristo, M
Di Bella, C
Gond, V
Jones, S
Sgrenzaroli, M
Fritz, S
Year 2004
Journal name Global Change Biology
Volume number 10
Start page 731
End page 744
Total pages 13
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract A digital land cover map of South America has been produced using remotely sensed satellite data acquired between 1995 and the year 2000. The mapping scale is defined by the 1 km spatial resolution of the map grid-cell. In order to realize the product, different sources of satellite data were used, each source providing either a particular parameter of land cover characteristic required by the legend, or mapping a particular land cover class. The map legend is designed both to fit requirements for regional climate modelling and for studies on land cover change. The legend is also compatible with a wider, global, land cover mapping exercise, which seeks to characterize the world's land surface for the year 2000. As a first step, the humid forest domain has been validated using a sample of high-resolution satellite images. The map demonstrates both the major incursions of agriculture into the remaining forest domains and the extensive areas of agriculture, which now dominate South America's grasslands.
Subject Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Keyword(s) Amazonia
ecosystems
land cover
mapping
South America
vegetation classes
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2003.00774.x
Copyright notice © 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN 1354-1013
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