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The Potential for Assessment of Land Degradation by Remote Sensing

  • Genesis T. Yengoh
  • David Dent
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Anna E. Tengberg
  • Compton J. TuckerIII
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Abstract

Given the diversity of the biophysical and socioeconomic processes involved, the types, extent, and severity of land degradation cannot be encapsulated by a few simple measures (Stocking and Murnaghan 2000). In the assessment of land degradation or changes in land productivity, two complementary approaches may be distinguished:

Keywords

Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Vegetation Index Land Degradation Land Productivity Enhance Vegetation Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Genesis T. Yengoh
    • 1
  • David Dent
    • 2
  • Lennart Olsson
    • 1
  • Anna E. Tengberg
    • 1
  • Compton J. TuckerIII
    • 3
  1. 1.Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies - LUCSUSLundSweden
  2. 2.Chestnut Tree Farm, Forncett EndNorthfolkUK
  3. 3.Department of Hydrospheric and Biospheric SciencesNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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