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Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover in Mountain Region

A Comprehensive Study at the Central Tibetan Plateau

Authors: Chu, Duo

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  • The first-ever systematic study of land use and land cover change at the central Tibetan Plateau based on comprehensive data from satellites, in-situ observations, and various scientific methods
  • Demonstrates how remote sensing can be used to map and characterize land use, land cover and their dynamic processes in mountainous regions, and to monitor and model relevant biophysical parameters
  • A valuable reference guide for researchers, scientists and graduate students working on environmental change in mountainous regions around the globe, and for practitioners working at government and non-government agencies
  • The Tibetan Plateau, known as the “Roof of the World” or “Earth’s Third Pole”, is ecologically fragile and sensitive to global warming. Land use and land cover change in this plateau largely remain unknown. This book fills the gap in this field and provides valuable insights into the world’s other mountainous regions
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This book presents the spatial and temporal dynamics of land use and land cover in the central Tibetan Plateau during the last two decades, based on various types of satellite data, long-term field investigation and GIS techniques. Further, it demonstrates how remote sensing can be used to map and characterize land use, land cover and their dynamic processes in mountainous regions, and to monitor and model relevant biophysical parameters.
The Tibetan Plateau, the highest and largest plateau on the Earth and well known as “the roof of the world,” is a huge mountainous area on the Eurasian continent and covers millions of square kilometers, with an average elevation of over 4000 m. After providing an overview of the background and an introduction to land use and land cover change, the book analyzes the current land use status, dynamic changes and spatial distribution patterns of different land-use types in the study area, using various types of remotely sensed data, digital elevation models and GIS spatial analysis methods to do so.  In turn, it discusses the main driving forces, based on the main physical environment variables and socioeconomic data, and provides a future scenario analysis of land use change using a Markov chain model. Given its scope, it provides a valuable reference guide for researchers, scientists and graduate students working on environmental change in mountainous regions around the globe, and for practitioners working at government and non-government agencies.

About the authors

​Duo Chu
Tibet Meteorological Bureau
Tibet Institute of Plateau Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Lhasa, China

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-7580-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-7579-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover in Mountain Region
Book Subtitle
A Comprehensive Study at the Central Tibetan Plateau
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7580-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7580-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7579-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 227
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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