Integrated Land Cover and Change Classifications

Richard Lucas, Anthea Mitchell

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For nature conservation, regular provision of consistent, timely and useable classifications of land covers and change is highly beneficial but is rarely achieved. This chapter outlines the concepts behind the Earth Observation Data for Ecosystem Monitoring (EODESM) system, which facilitates the description and classification of any site worldwide according to the Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS; Version 2) and with reference to environmental variables retrieved from earth observation. Changes in land cover, as well as causes and consequences, are described through the accumulation of evidence and the system recognises these to be numerous, highly variable and specific to different elements of the landscapes. Hence, they can be captured by considering information provided by a range of sensors operating in different modes and over different temporal frequencies and scales. The EODESM system is available at no cost and its ease of use makes it well suited to supporting nature conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Roles of Remote Sensing in Nature Conservation
EditorsRicardo Díaz-Delgado, Richard Lucas, Clive Hurford
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9783319643328
ISBN (Print)9783319643304
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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