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Mapping forest successional stages following deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia using multi‐temporal Landsat images

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Tropical forest successional stages have been mapped previously with multi-temporal satellite sensor imagery. The precise identification and classification of such stages, however, has proved difficult. This Letter presents a new method for the classification of forest successional stages following deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia. Multi-temporal Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) and Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) and derived fraction images and field data were used in a semi-automatic classification approach. The results were encouraging and signal the application of the method for the entire Brazilian Amazonia.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Av. dos Astronautas 1758, CP 515, CEP 12227‐010, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil, {fernando, yosio, tmk}

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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