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Remote Sensing Time Series Revealing Land Surface Dynamics: Status Quo and the Pathway Ahead

Künzer, Claudia and Dech, Stefan and Wagner, Wolfgang (2015) Remote Sensing Time Series Revealing Land Surface Dynamics: Status Quo and the Pathway Ahead. In: Remote Sensing Time Series - Revealing Land Surface Dynamics Springer. pp. 2-25. ISSN 1567-3200

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The face of our planet is changing at an unprecedented rate. Forest ecosystems diminish at alarming speed, urban and agricultural areas expand into the surrounding natural space, aquaculture is spreading, sea level rise leads to changes in coastal ecosystems, and even without obvious land cover change, land use intensity may change and complex ecosystems may undergo transient changes in composition. Satellite based earth observation is a powerful means to monitor these changes, and especially time series analysis holds the potential to reveal long term land surface dynamics. Whereas in past decades time series analysis was an elaborate undertaking mostly performed by a limited number of experts using coarse resolution data, attention shifts nowadays to open source tools and novel techniques for analyzing time series and the utilization of the same for numerous environmental applications. The reasons are the pressing call for climate-relevant, long term data analyses and value added products revealing past land surface dynamics and trends, the growing demand for global data sets, and the opening up of multidecadal remote sensing data archives, all at a time of considerably- improved hardware power, computer literacy, and a general trend towards cloud solutions and available open source algorithms and programming languages. This chapter presents a comprehensive overview of time series analysis. We introduce currently orbiting optical, radar, and thermal infrared sensors and elucidate which of them are suitable for long term monitoring tasks based on remote sensing time series analysis. We briefly summarize the theoretical concept of time series components and important seasonal statistical features and list the types of variables usually analyzed as time series. Furthermore, we address data related, sensor related, location related, and processing related challenges of time series analysis. Lastly, we assess current developments and upcoming opportunities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96785/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Remote Sensing Time Series Revealing Land Surface Dynamics: Status Quo and the Pathway Ahead
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wagner, Wolfgangww (at) ipf.tuwien.ac.atUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing Time Series - Revealing Land Surface Dynamics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1007/978-3-319-15967-6
Page Range:pp. 2-25
Künzer, Claudiaclaudia.kuenzer@dlr.de
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech@dlr.de
Wagner, WolfgangTU Wien
Keywords:Remote sensing, time series, land surface dynamics
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Frey, Dr. Corinne
Deposited On:23 Jun 2015 09:05
Last Modified:08 Apr 2016 10:16

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