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Land Use Cover Datasets and Validation Tools

Validation Practices with QGIS

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  • Represents up-to-date comprehensive review of theory and techniques to validate land-use cover information
  • Provides detailed tutorials to easily apply most of the available validation techniques in open access GIS software
  • Shows detailed review of LUC data currently available at global and continental scales
  • Freely available to all readers, this book is open access

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About this book

This open access book represents a comprehensive review of available land-use cover data and techniques to validate and analyze this type of spatial information. The book provides the basic theory needed to understand the progress of LUCC mapping/modeling validation practice. It makes accessible to any interested user most of the research community's methods and techniques to validate LUC maps and models. Besides, this book is enriched with practical exercises to be applied with QGIS.

The book includes a description of relevant global and supra-national LUC datasets currently available. Finally, the book provides the user with all the information required to manage and download these datasets.

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Concepts, Data and Validation

  2. Data Access and Visualization

  3. Tools to Validate Land Use Cover Maps: A Review

  4. Land Use Cover Datasets: A Review

Editors and Affiliations

  • Departamento de Geología, Geografía y Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

    David García-Álvarez

  • Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

    María Teresa Camacho Olmedo

  • Département de Géographie, Aménagement et Environnement, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France

    Martin Paegelow

  • Laboratorio de Análisis Espacial, Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Morelia, Mexico

    Jean François Mas

About the editors

David García Álvarez holds Ph.D. and is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geology, Geography and Environment, at the University of Alcalá, Spain. He has previously worked at the University of Granada and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His research interests include land-use cover change mapping and modelling, uncertainty of spatial data, shared economies in the accommodation sector and the analysis of regional and local territorial dynamics.

María Teresa Camacho Olmedo holds Ph.D. and is a tenured professor at the Department of Geographical Regional Analysis and Physical Geography, at the University of Granada, Spain. Dr. Camacho Olmedo leads the project entitled Suitability and Uncertainty of Land Use and Cover Maps for the Analysis and Modelling of Territorial Dynamics (INCERTIMAPS), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades and the FEDER European Regional Development Fund (ref. PGC2018-100770-B-100) (2019-2021), after successfully completing various other competitive projects since 2003. Her current research includes land-use and land-cover modelling, simulation models and scenarios, and territorial dynamics. She has published numerous scientific papers and books.

Martin Paegelow holds Ph.D., is a professor at the Department of Geography, Land Planning and Environment at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France, and member of Geography of Environment (GEODE) UMR 5602 CNRS laboratory. In 1991, he obtained a Ph.D. in geography and was accredited to supervise research in 2004. He is a specialist in environmental geography and geomatics. His principal research areas are environmental management and geomatic solutions with a special focus on geomatic land change modelling and its validation. He is also strongly committed to the teaching side of his job, and since 2004, has been the co-director of the Master’s Degree in Geomatics in Toulouse.

Jean Francois Mas holds Ph.D. and is a tenured professor in the Center of Research in Environmental Geography (Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental, CIGA) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM). He specializes in the fields of remote sensing, geographical information science, and spatial modelling. His research interests include land-use/land-cover change monitoring and modelling, accuracy assessment of spatial data, forest inventory, and vegetation cartography. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications, advised 9 Ph.D. dissertations, supervised 15 master’s degree students, and participated in 35 research projects.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Land Use Cover Datasets and Validation Tools

  • Book Subtitle: Validation Practices with QGIS

  • Editors: David García-Álvarez, María Teresa Camacho Olmedo, Martin Paegelow, Jean François Mas

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-90997-0Published: 18 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91000-6Published: 18 June 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-90998-7Published: 16 June 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 462

  • Number of Illustrations: 47 b/w illustrations, 226 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computer Applications, Geography, general, Earth System Sciences

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