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Mapping forest successional stages following deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia using multi-temporal Landsat images

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/02/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number3
Volume26
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)635-642
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Tropical forest successional stages have been mapped previously with multi-temporal satellite sensor imagery. The precise identification and classification of such stages, however, has proved difficult. This Letter presents a new method for the classification of forest successional stages following deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia. Multi-temporal Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) and Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) and derived fraction images and field data were used in a semi-automatic classification approach. The results were encouraging and signal the application of the method for the entire Brazilian Amazonia.