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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field over two volumes. With over 40 chapters, the books situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between sub-fields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice. Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change.

Monitoring Global Land Cover
Monitoring global land cover
Sietse O.LosJamieWilliams
1 Introduction

Monitoring of land-surface vegetation is important for several reasons. It provides information to study biodiversity and how it may change over time; it provides information on the impact of climate events, such as droughts or warmer springs, on vegetation; and it provides data for land-surface and ecological models. These models are used to understand the global carbon cycle, water cycle and energy budget. The present chapter provides an overview of the literature on measurement techniques and methods to assemble land-surface vegetation data.

Land-surface vegetation is an important component of the climate system. Vegetation affects the land-surface albedo and thereby affects the amount of solar radiation absorbed and reflected by the land surface. The process of photosynthesis by ...

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