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TitleGlobal Observation of Forest Cover: A CEAS Initiative
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorAhern, F; Brown, R J; Janetos, A C; Langham, E
SourceFirst International Conference on Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, June 1-3; 1998., Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042522
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released1998 01 01
AbstractThe Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) was established to provide a forum for communication, cooperation, and coordination of the earth observation programs of member states, and for communications among organizations whose primary interest is the use of earth-observation data.

CEOS members have agreed to establish a small number of pilot projects to address issues of great concern to the majority of CEOS members and user organizations. Recognizing that the forests of the Earth play a vital role in several natural resources, and the build-up of greenhouse gases, Global Observations of Forest Cover (GOFC) was identified for development as a pilot project. The first phase of detailed planning of GOFC took place during a workshop in Ottawa, Canada from July 7 to 10, 1997.

GOFC will continue and build on the experience gained by many existing programs. A strategy will be planned to acquire and combine data from high and low resolution optical satellites, and C-band and L-band radar satellites, to enable global coverage to be achieved in a timely fashion, even in areas with persistent cloud cover. A suite of products to be produced by GOFC has been identified, including: 1) Coarse and fine geocoded optical data; 2) SAR data (C and L band); 3) Coarse land cover; 4) Fine land cover; 5) Fire scars; 6) Forest harvest; 7) Forest functioning; 8) Land cover change in areas of rapid change.

To accomplish such an ambitious objective will require a highly coordinated effort by numerous agencies participating on a voluntary basis. In this paper we discuss the current status of GOFC, plans for the future, and indicate how interested parties may become involved.


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