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Testing the capability of MISR in detecting forest changes caused by charcoal production in Senegal

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In Africa, urban households are largely dependent on charcoal for their energy needs. To date, the effect of charcoal production on forest regeneration rates is not well understood. The aim of this study was to use the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) to assess the relationship between MISR-derived surface values and forest change resulting from charcoal extraction in Senegal. Remote sensing data from 2001 to 2003 and charcoal production field data from 2002 were used to test MISR's capability. This analysis shows the MISR-derived k(red) parameter can consistently differentiate between forest cover types and can differentiate between woodland sites at pre- and post- charcoal harvest stages.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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