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Topic: C5. Remotely sensed assessment of tropical wetlands

Erik Lilleskov, Belinda Margono and Laura Bourgeau-Chavez

This module introduce the approaches for using remote sensing to map wetland extent and dynamics. Quantifying wetland type, extent, distribution and condition is vital for mitigation efforts, MRV, IPCC and related efforts. Remote sensing is a key tool in wetland mapping. It provides human activity data, which is a critical component of estimating human impacts on wetlands. However, to estimate the changes in wetland carbon content, there should be activity data and emissions factors. The module also acknowledges some possible data sources, such as Landsat and Lidar, as well as describing the overall scheme on map development. The future of change detection using remote sensing will be transformed by a number of key developments.

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