The Effect of Map Accuracy on Estimates of Terrestrial Carbon Budgets

Curtis E. Woodcock1*, Pontus Olofsson1, Sung Bae Jeon1, and Stephen Stehman2
1. Department of Geography and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
2. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, USA
* Curtis@bu.edu; 2 svstehman@syr.edu

Abstract: Uncertainty in estimates of rates of forest change significantly influence the magnitude of a modelled sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide for five states in New England, USA. Accuracy assessment of remote sensing results is essential to characterizing uncertainty in estimates of rates of forest change. The width of the confidence intervals around the area estimates of forest change is a better indication of the value of remote sensing products than overall or per class accuracies.

Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions, remote sensing, map, accuracy, area estimation.

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