Bringing an ecological view of change to landsat-based remote sensing

Kennedy, Robert E., Andrefouet, Serge, Cohen, Warren B., Gomez, Cristina, Griffiths, Patrick, Hais, Martin, Healey, Sean P., Helmer, Eileen H., Hostert, Patrick, Lyons, Mitchell B., Meigs, Garrett W., Pflugmacher, Dirk, Phinn, Stuart R., Powell, Scott L., Scarth, Peter, Sen, Susmita, Schroeder, Todd A., Schneider, Annemarie, Sonnenschein, Ruth, Vogelmann, James E., Wulder, Michael A. and Zhu, Zhe (2014) Bringing an ecological view of change to landsat-based remote sensing. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12 6: 339-346. doi:10.1890/130066

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Author Kennedy, Robert E.
Andrefouet, Serge
Cohen, Warren B.
Gomez, Cristina
Griffiths, Patrick
Hais, Martin
Healey, Sean P.
Helmer, Eileen H.
Hostert, Patrick
Lyons, Mitchell B.
Meigs, Garrett W.
Pflugmacher, Dirk
Phinn, Stuart R.
Powell, Scott L.
Scarth, Peter
Sen, Susmita
Schroeder, Todd A.
Schneider, Annemarie
Sonnenschein, Ruth
Vogelmann, James E.
Wulder, Michael A.
Zhu, Zhe
Title Bringing an ecological view of change to landsat-based remote sensing
Journal name Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1540-9295
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1890/130066
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 12
Issue 6
Start page 339
End page 346
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract When characterizing the processes that shape ecosystems, ecologists increasingly use the unique perspective offered by repeat observations of remotely sensed imagery. However, the concept of change embodied in much of the traditional remote-sensing literature was primarily limited to capturing large or extreme changes occurring in natural systems, omitting many more subtle processes of interest to ecologists. Recent technical advances have led to a fundamental shift toward an ecological view of change. Although this conceptual shift began with coarser-scale global imagery, it has now reached users of Landsat imagery, since these datasets have temporal and spatial characteristics appropriate to many ecological questions. We argue that this ecologically relevant perspective of change allows the novel characterization of important dynamic processes, including disturbances, longterm trends, cyclical functions, and feedbacks, and that these improvements are already facilitating our understanding of critical driving forces, such as climate change, ecological interactions, and economic pressures.
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