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Tropical forest cover dynamics for Latin America using Earth observation data: a review covering the continental, regional, and local scale

Da Ponte, Emmanuel and Fleckenstein, Martina and Leinenkugel, Patrick and Parker, Amanda and Oppelt, Natascha and Künzer, Claudia (2015) Tropical forest cover dynamics for Latin America using Earth observation data: a review covering the continental, regional, and local scale. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36 (12), pp. 3196-3242. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2015.1058539 ISSN 0143-1161

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Abstract

The tropical forest cover has varied greatly over the last few decades. The rapid advance of agricultural crops and illegal clearings in natural areas has resulted in the conversion of the majority of the world’s forest into desolated patches. Although rates of deforestation have decreased compared to previous years, forest loss still remains a crucial concern. Latest studies conducted on a global scale identified the Latin American continent as one of the regions exhibiting the highest rates of deforestation in the world. The dynamics of forests over the past 40 years has attracted numerous remote-sensing-based studies tomonitor forest loss, analyse patterns, and understand the drivers of land conversion. This review article provides a comprehensive overview of the remote-sensing-based studies of tropical forest dynamics in LatinAmerica. Following an introductionwith respect to global forestmapping products, a general outline of tropical forest ecoregions and drivers of deforestation in Latin America is provided. Subsequently, a review and categorization of the existing studies is presented, where focus is laid on selected sensors and data analysis methodologies apply. Furthermore, a case study for the whole of Paraguay is presented; Paraguay is a region which contains highly diverse ecosystems that have been ravaged as a result of deforestation over the past 40 years. The main results, challenges, and future needs are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/97021/
Document Type:Article
Title:Tropical forest cover dynamics for Latin America using Earth observation data: a review covering the continental, regional, and local scale
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Da Ponte, EmmanuelUniversität KielUNSPECIFIED
Fleckenstein, MartinaWWFUNSPECIFIED
Leinenkugel, Patrickpatrick.leinenkugel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Parker, AmandaWWFUNSPECIFIED
Oppelt, Nataschaoppelt (at) geographie.uni-kiel.deUNSPECIFIED
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:36
DOI :10.1080/01431161.2015.1058539
Page Range:pp. 3196-3242
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0143-1161
Status:Published
Keywords:Forest, Monitoring, REDD+
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
Deposited By: Leinenkugel, Patrick
Deposited On:01 Jul 2015 13:25
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:48

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