Monitoring Deforestation in Rainforests Using Satellite Data: A Pilot Study from Kalimantan, Indonesia

Hadi, Hadi and Krasovskii, Andrey and Wegner Maus, Victor and Yowargana, Ping and Pietsch, Stephan and Rautiainen, Miina (2018) Monitoring Deforestation in Rainforests Using Satellite Data: A Pilot Study from Kalimantan, Indonesia. Forests, 9 (7). ISSN 1999-4907

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Monitoring large forest areas is presently feasible with satellite remote sensing as opposed to time-consuming and expensive ground surveys as alternative. This study evaluated, for the first time, the potential of using freely available medium resolution (30 m) Landsat time series data for deforestation monitoring in tropical rainforests of Kalimantan, Indonesia, at sub-annual time scales. A simple, generic, data-driven algorithm for deforestation detection based on a consecutive anomalies criterion was proposed. An accuracy assessment in the spatial and the temporal domain was carried out using high-confidence reference sample pixels interpreted with the aid of multi-temporal very high spatial resolution image series. Results showed a promising spatial accuracy, when three consecutive anomalies were required to confirm a deforestation event. Recommendations in tuning the algorithm for different operational use cases were provided within the context of satisfying REDD+ requirements, depending on whether spatial accuracy or temporal accuracy need to be optimized.

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Additional Information: This study was funded by Aalto University (grant 91160122). Part of the research was developed in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria with financial support from the Academy of Finland. This work was supported by the RESTORE+ project ( which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) based on a decision adopted by the German Bundestag; it received support from the project "Delivering Incentives to End Deforestation: Global Ambition, Private/Public Finance, and Zero-Deforestation Supply Chains" funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation under agreement number QZA-0464 QZA-16/0218. Furthermore, the work has been funded by IIASA's Tropical Futures Initiative (TFI).
Keywords: tropical; deforestation; monitoring; South East Asia; Landsat; REDD+
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Victor Wegner Maus
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 09:51
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2020 06:55
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