Towards an Operational Forest Monitoring System for Central Africa

  • Nadine T. Laporte
  • Tiffany S. Lin
  • Jacqueline Lemoigne
  • Didier Devers
  • Miroslav Honzák
Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 6)

Abstract

Characterizing and mapping land cover and land use change in the rain forests of Central African is a complex process. This complexity is marked by the diversity of land use practices across six different countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Republic of Congo), the lack of full and continuous cloud-free coverage by any single optical remote sensing instrument, and the limited institutional capacity to implement mapping and monitoring activities.

Keywords

Biomass Radar Fishing Remote Sensing Lidar 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine T. Laporte
    • 1
  • Tiffany S. Lin
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Lemoigne
    • 2
  • Didier Devers
    • 3
  • Miroslav Honzák
    • 4
  1. 1.The Woods Hole Research CenterWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterApplied Information Sciences BranchGreenbeltUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.Conservation InternationalWashingtonUSA

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