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Estimation of Land Cover and Vegetation Change in North KoreaUsing Satellite Data

Ran-Hui Kim 1 Kim Hyun Woo 2 이재희 3 Lee, Seunghoon 4

1안양대학교 기후에너지환경융합연구소
2안양대학교 환경에너지공학과
3에스이랩 과장
4안양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study was proposed to monitor the change of land cover and forest area in North Korea, and Hwanghae Province using satellite imagery from 2001 to 2014. Land cover change was annually monitored, and the change of forest area was observed monthly using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) images. The forest area of North Korea in 2013 was 53% of North Korean land. This result indicated that the forest has been degraded during the last 14 years. In Hwanghae Province, the area of crop land was not substantially changed, and forest area was slightly increased. However, the value of NDVI gradually decreased, and this result also can be an indirect evidence of forest degradation. The results of this study will be useful to strengthen North Korea’s adaptive capacity to climate change, and to establish a joint foundation for climate change response between South and North Korea in near future.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.