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Combining satellite data for better tropical forest monitoring

Implementation of policies to reduce forest loss challenges the Earth observation community to improve forest monitoring. An important avenue for progress is the use of new satellite missions and the combining of optical and synthetic aperture radar sensor data.

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Figure 1: Current and anticipated medium-resolution optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) missions to support worldwide forest monitoring.


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This work was supported by the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) research and development programme and the sponsor of Global Observations of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD). The work of J.R. and M.H. was funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 BACI project (grant agreement 640176).

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Reiche, J., Lucas, R., Mitchell, A. et al. Combining satellite data for better tropical forest monitoring. Nature Clim Change 6, 120–122 (2016).

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