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MERIS-FR potential for land use-land cover mapping in Spain

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This paper presents preliminary results of updated land use-land cover (LULC) maps for two Spanish provinces using MERIS-FR images, data from the Third National Forest Inventory (NFI3) ground plots, and the European database CORINE Land Cover 2000 (CLC2000). Legend categories were defined using the FAO legend-based European Global Land Cover (GLC2000) product. The applied methodology is based on maximum likelihood supervised classification of MERIS-FR images. The delimitation of training areas was based on the NFI3 ground plots and CLC2000. High overall accuracies were obtained for Navarra (73.67%) and Murcia (73.70%). These preliminary results show that MERIS-FR data allow an operational development of LULC maps/products at medium scales. Results from the comparison between MERIS-based classifications and available thematic maps are also presented.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Remote Sensing Laboratory - Forest Research Centre - INIA - Ministry of Education and Science, Madrid 28040, Spain

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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