Land Cover, Use and Change Detection Mapping

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Land cover is the material that covers the Earth's surface, such as vegetation and water. Satellites can be used to monitor how this land cover is being used and detect changes to the land over time.



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Wetlands are havens of biodiversity, and have important ecological, hydrological and economic value, but their misuse can have devastating consequences. Satellite data are being used for wetland conservation and management.

The Rio+20 summit on promoting jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable use of our planet's resources closed today after three days of talks. During the summit, the role of Earth observation in sustainable development was highlighted.

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