Title: European Forest Cover Mapping with High Resolution Satellite Data: the Carpathians Case Study
Authors: KOZAK JacekESTREGUIL CHRISTINEOSTAPOWICZ Katarzyna
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED EARTH OBSERVATION AND GEOINFORMATION vol. 10 no. 1 p. 44-55
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC43570
ISSN: 0303-2434
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2007.04.003
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43570
DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2007.04.003
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The aim of the study was to elaborate a methodology for forest mapping based on high resolution satellite data, relevant for reporting on forest cover and spatial pattern changes in Europe. The Carpathians were selected as a case study area and mapped using 24 Landsat scenes, processed independently with a supervised approach combining image segmentation, knowledge-based rules to extract a training set and the maximum likelihood decision rule. Validation was done with available very high resolution imagery. Overall accuracies per scene ranged from 93 to 96%. The labelling disagreement in overlapping areas of adjacent scenes was 6.8% on average. The proposed methodology is easily applicable to other regions in Europe. It allows an accurate forest-non-forest map to be obtained in a quick and cost effective manner, spatially more detailed than the currently available European data sets.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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