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|Title:||European Forest Cover Mapping with High Resolution Satellite Data: the Carpathians Case Study|
|Authors:||KOZAK Jacek; ESTREGUIL CHRISTINE; OSTAPOWICZ Katarzyna|
|Citation:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED EARTH OBSERVATION AND GEOINFORMATION vol. 10 no. 1 p. 44-55|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|JRC Publication N°:||JRC43570|
|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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