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Agricultural Expansion and Abandonment

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Agricultural abandonment; Agricultural expansion; Agricultural land; Change detection; Crop phenology; Mapping agricultural lands

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Agricultural land. Agricultural land may be defined broadly as land used primarily for the production of food and fiber, including croplands, pastures, orchards, groves, vineyards, nurseries, ornamental horticultural areas, confined feeding operations, and other agricultural applications.

Agricultural expansion. The conversion of nonagricultural land use to agricultural use.

Agricultural abandonment. The conversion of agricultural land use to nonagricultural use.

Change detection. The process of identifying and documenting changes in land use over time.

Crop phenology. The study of changes in plant physiology and crop growth stages as influenced by environmental and anthropogenic drivers, including, for example, seasonal variations in temperature and precipitation.

Mapping agricultural lands. Interpreting remotely sensed imagery to...

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Qi, J. (2014). Agricultural Expansion and Abandonment. In: Njoku, E.G. (eds) Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-36699-9_5

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