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Monitoring of the Ecuadorian mountain rainforest with remote sensing

[+] Author Affiliations
Anna Goerner

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Richard Gloaguen

Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg

Franz Makeschin

Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 1(1), 013527 (August 23, 2007). doi:10.1117/1.2784111
History: Received March 7, 2007; Revised July 31, 2007; Accepted August 21, 2007; August 23, 2007; Online August 23, 2007
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Abstract

The Ecuadorian Andes feature a hotspot of biodiversity. At the same time Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate of South America. In order to develop sustainable counteractive measures, it is important to locate and quantify the ongoing changes on a regional scale. In this study we present a cost-effective remote sensing based change detection algorithm suitable for application in a tropical mountain rainforest landscape. We show that the deforestation in the study area is closely linked to the existence of roads but topography also influences the spatial distribution of land cover change.

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Citation

Anna Goerner ; Richard Gloaguen and Franz Makeschin
"Monitoring of the Ecuadorian mountain rainforest with remote sensing", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 1(1), 013527 (August 23, 2007). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2784111


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