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Changing lands

Changing lands

In this video, from the European Space Agnecy, you will watch how satellite data are transformed into land cover information.

The animation shows how ESA’s Climate Change Initiative uses satellite data to map land cover around the globe. In addition to showing how vegetation changes with the season, these maps are updated every year to show how land cover is changing on the longer term. For example, zooming in on Brazil’s state of Mato Grosso, we can see how the area of land used for growing crops dramatically increased between 1995 and 2015. Urban sprawl in Shanghai, China, is also mapped over the same period. Source ESA.

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