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Analysis of High Temporal Resolution Land Use/Land Cover Trajectories

Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CP 58190 Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Estudos Interdisciplinares e Transdisciplinares em Ecologia e Evolução (INCT IN-TREE), CEP 40110-909 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
PPG em Modelagem e Ciências da Terra e do Ambiente, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, CEP 44036-900 Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
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Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 3 February 2019 / Published: 6 February 2019
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In this study, methods, originally developed to assess life course trajectories, are explored in order to evaluate land change through the analysis of sequences of land use/cover. Annual land cover maps which describe land use/land cover change for the 1985–2017 period for a large region in Northeast Brazil were analyzed. The most frequent sequences, the entropy and the turbulence of the land trajectories, and the average time of permanence were computed. Clusters of similar sequences were determined using different dissimilarity measures. The effect of some covariates such as slope and distance from roads on land trajectories was also evaluated. The obtained results show the potential of these techniques to analyze land cover sequences since the availability of multidate land cover data with both, high temporal and thematic resolutions, is continuously increasing and poses significant challenges to data analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use/cover change; deforestation; change trajectory; sequences; representative patterns; caatinga land use/cover change; deforestation; change trajectory; sequences; representative patterns; caatinga

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Mas, J.-F.; Nogueira de Vasconcelos, R.; Franca-Rocha, W. Analysis of High Temporal Resolution Land Use/Land Cover Trajectories. Land 2019, 8, 30.

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