Title: Comparison of Global and Regional Land Cover Maps with Statistical Information for the Agricultural Domain in Africa
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING vol. 31 no. 9 p. 2237-2256
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC41827
ISSN: 0143-1161
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431160902946598
DOI: 10.1080/01431160902946598
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Accurate information within the agricultural area domain is particularly important for crop monitoring for the purpose of food security. Several institutions monitoring crop status in food-insecure countries and in an early warning systems context are highly interested in crop distribution and crop extent maps. Also the inter-annual variations of crop areas are of high interest and very difficult to produce in highly fragmented rural landscapes as they are commonly found in many African countries. This paper will outline the comparison of four sources of land cover data to determine which product is the most suitable for agricultural monitoring and for the subsequent development of a crop mask, an important input to both food security and monitoring of agricultural expansion. Whereas in earlier papers a global comparison of land cover products was undertaken (Fritz and See, 2005; See and Fritz, 2005), this paper focuses on the agricultural domain in Africa.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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