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New paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment

In this review paper, it is emphasized how the open Landsat archive and time series analyses based on fine-scale satellite data will improve addressing ecological core concepts...

Bringing an ecological view of change to Landsat-based remote sensing

In this review paper, it is emphasized how the open Landsat archive and time series analyses based on fine-scale satellite data will improve addressing ecological core concepts. While earlier remote sensing based time series analyses (e.g. based on MODIS) largely lacked the spatial grain needed to understand ecological process regimes at landscape scales, time series from Landsat-like data have the potential to overcome this scale-mismatch. It is argued that this new perspective of change allows the novel characterization of important dynamic processes, including disturbances, long-term trends, cyclical functions, and feedbacks. These improvements are facilitating a better understanding of critical driving forces, such as climate change, ecological interactions, and economic pressures.