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The IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) will organise a conference from 12-16 July 2021 in Brussels.
Session Title: I.77: Mapping, monitoring and modelling savannah vegetation with Earth Observation
Session Description: Remote sensing, be it in the form of satellite imagery or aerial photography from manned aircrafts or Unmanned Aerial Systems, has proven its potential as a unique tool for retrieving savannah vegetation properties at the local, the regional and continental scales. Over the last decades, a substantial amount of work has been allocated to the retrieval of savannah vegetation characteristics, e.g. the mapping of the extent of vegetation cover, the monitoring of vegetation condition using the NDVI or other indices, deforestation and the monitoring of forest cover trends, the expansion of bushes in the expense of palatable grasses in the drylands (or bush encroachment), woody structure modelling and mapping using Synthetic Aperture Radar data, extracting structural vegetation components from LiDAR for biomass estimation, combining hyperspectral and LiDAR data for upscaling vegetation structural information, to mention but a few. Numerous satellite missions are currently being used to quantify such characteristics in a wide range of temporal and spatial resolutions; new missions with improved capacities are constantly becoming available or planned for the near future in an ever-increasing rate. However, the use of remote sensing for mapping, monitoring or modelling savannah vegetation characteristics is clearly not problem-free: quite the contrary. Within this context, IGARSS welcomes studies that present novel approaches of mapping, monitoring and modelling savannah vegetation characteristics. The session will indeed provide the platform for the analysis of the benefits as well as the pitfalls of using aerial photography, UAVs, LiDAR, Radar, hyperspectral or multi-spectral satellite data in this field.
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