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The way forward

September 1, 1999

This paper focuses on the lessons hearned in the conduct of the lnternational Geosphere Biosphere Program's Data and Information System (rcnr-nts), global 1-km Land-Cover Mapping Project (n$cover). There is stiLL considerable fundamental research to be conducted dealing with the development and validation of thematic geospatial products derived from a combination of remotely sensed and ancillary data. Issues include database and data product development, classification legend definitions, processing and analysis techniques, and sampling strategies. A significant infrastructure is required to support an effort such as DISCover. The infrastructure put in place under the auspices of the IGBP-DIS serves as a model, and must be put in place to enable replication and development of projects such as Discover.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1999
Title The way forward
Authors John Estes, Alan Belward, Thomas Loveland, Joseph Scepan, Alan H. Strahler, John B. Townshend, Chris Justice
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Index ID 70186927
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center