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Addressing the need for improved land cover map products for policy support

dc.contributor.authorSzantoi, Zoltanen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGeller, Gary N.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorTsendbazar, Nandin-Erdeneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSee, Lindaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, Patricken_ZA
dc.contributor.authorFritz, Steffenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGong, Pengen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHerold, Martinen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMorah, Briceen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorObregon, Andreen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2023-01-18T13:40:13Z
dc.date.available2023-01-18T13:40:13Z
dc.date.issued2020-10
dc.identifier.citationSzantoi, Z. et al. 2020. Addressing the need for improved land cover map products for policy support. Environmental Science & Policy, 12:28-35, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.04.005.
dc.identifier.issn1873-6416 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1462-9011 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.04.005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/126240
dc.descriptionCITATION: Szantoi, Z. et al. 2020. Addressing the need for improved land cover map products for policy support. Environmental Science & Policy, 12:28-35, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.04.005.
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dc.description.abstractThe continued increase of anthropogenic pressure on the Earth’s ecosystems is degrading the natural environment and then decreasing the services it provides to humans. The type, quantity, and quality of many of those services are directly connected to land cover, yet competing demands for land continue to drive rapid land cover change, affecting ecosystem services. Accurate and updated land cover information is thus more important than ever, however, despite its importance, the needs of many users remain only partially attended. A key underlying reason for this is that user needs vary widely, since most current products – and there are many available – are produced for a specific type of end user, for example the climate modelling community. With this in mind we focus on the need for flexible, automated processing approaches that support on-demand, customized land cover products at various scales. Although land cover processing systems are gradually evolving in this direction there is much more to do and several important challenges must be addressed, including high quality reference data for training and validation and even better access to satellite data. Here, we 1) present a generic system architecture that we suggest land cover production systems evolve towards, 2) discuss the challenges involved, and 3) propose a step forward. Flexible systems that can generate on-demand products that match users’ specific needs would fundamentally change the relationship between users and land cover products – requiring more government support to make these systems a reality.en_ZA
dc.format.extent8 pages : illustrations
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.subjectRemote sensingen_ZA
dc.subjectEcosystem servicesen_ZA
dc.subjectEnvironmental monitoring -- Remote sensingen_ZA
dc.subjectBiodiversityen_ZA
dc.subjectLand use -- Data processingen_ZA
dc.subjectLand cover -- Mapsen_ZA
dc.titleAddressing the need for improved land cover map products for policy supporten_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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