Historical tropical successional forest cover mapped with Landsat MSS imagery

Sloan, Sean (2012) Historical tropical successional forest cover mapped with Landsat MSS imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33 (24). pp. 7902-7935.

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Maps of tropical successional forest cover of the 1970s and 1980s are needed for long-term modelling of tropical forest-cover change, carbon flux and habitat change. Landsat Multispectral Scanner System (MSS) imagery may provide a basis for such maps, but its capability in this respect is poorly unexplored if not discounted. This article examines how reliably single-date MSS imagery may distinguish tropical successional forest. Statistical and graphical analyses of 2043 MSS pixels of successional forest cover, pasture and mature forest cover of Central Panama indicate that successional forest may be accurately mapped, with a maximum-likelihood classification accuracy of 86–90%. Detectable successional cover is unlikely to be older than 10 years approximately. These findings indicate that MSS imagery may provide a new baseline for historical mapping and long-term modelling of tropical forest-cover change that, unlike that of Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) imagery used for this purpose, is amenable to fine-scale spatial analysis and reliable accuracy assessment.

Item ID: 24984
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1366-5901
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 01:06
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing @ 75%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 100%
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