Forests still cover 31% (~4 billion hectares) of our planet’s land cover. Hence, major challenges are connected with the management and preservation of forest ecosystems. Mitigation and adaptation strategies towards climate change, food and energy security for a growing population, as well as conservation of ecosystem services, they all potentially change forest area and structure.
As an example, forest cover changes already contribute 12-15% of the world’s annual carbon emissions associated with the loss of biodiversity and many environmental services. Still major problems exist in providing accurate estimates of forest cover and quality change. However, this would form an important precondition to implement incentives for developing countries to stop deforestation. Moreover, efforts to mitigate or even stop losing natural forests must be well harmonized with the agricultural sector, because the world is also facing a by 50 to 70% increased food demand in 2050. For the FChange-Conference paper and poster contributions to the provided keynotes are welcome:
GEOBIA 2014 will be the fifth international conference on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis. After the successful meetings held in Salzburg, Austria (2006); Calgary, Canada (2008); and Ghent, Belgium (2010), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012), the forthcoming biannual international conference on GEOBIA will be hosted in Thessaloniki, Greece, presenting the latest development of a set of concepts, methods and applications related to the emerging field of Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis.
The International Conference GEOBIA 2014 is organized by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment/Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing and School of Rural and Surveying Engineering/Laboratory of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).
We look forward to seeing all of you in GEOBIA 2014!