15 Aug '17, 2pm

Land Cover Map of France

There are myriad ways to represent Earth’s surface: maps of roads, topography, or temperature all convey information about some aspect of the planet. Now, satellite-derived maps of land cover are becoming more detailed than ever and could help scientists gain insight into some key environmental questions. “Earth’s surface changes very quickly, and having an accurate picture of it is essential,” said Jordi Inglada, a researcher at the Center for Space Studies of the Biosphere in Toulouse, France. “How many forests have been lost to urban settlements? Are lakes in a particular area drying out? Are coniferous forests disappearing in lower latitudes because of global warming?” Visiting a remote research site is not always feasible. Even poring over dozens of satellite images on a computer screen can be tedious, Inglada noted. Maps of land cover have been updated infrequently b...

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