ReCover: A concept for tropical forest assessment for REDD

Tuomas Häme, Laura Sirro, E Cabrera, F Enßle, J Haarpaintner, J Hämäläinen, Jong B de, F Paz Pellat, D Pedrazzani, J Reiche

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Project ReCover, funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Union, developed beyond state-of-theart service capabilities to support fighting deforestation and forest degradation in the tropical region in the context of the REDD process (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). A monitoring system for forest cover mapping by combining wall-to-wall mapping and a sample of VHR imagery was introduced. Also biomass and changes of forest cover changes were estimated. ReCover provided close to one hundred products for the study sites in Mexico, Guyana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Fiji using optical and SAR data and their combinations. The accuracy in forest and nonforest classification varied from 85 % to 97 %
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
Place of PublicationNoordwijk, The Netherlands
PublisherEuropean Space Agency (ESA)
ISBN (Print)978-92-9221-286-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventESA Living Planet Symposium 2013 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201313 Sep 2013
Conference number: ESA SP-722


ConferenceESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Tropical forest
  • REDD
  • carbon
  • sampling
  • deforestation
  • satellite

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