Riley, R., D. Phillips, M. Schuft, and M. Garcia. 1997. Resolution and error in measuring land-cover change: effects on estimating net carbon release from Mexican terrestrial ecosystems. International Journal of Remote Sensing 18(1)121-37.
Changes in carbon fluxes resulting from land-cover change are often calculated from estimates of the change in area of various land-cover types as determined from remote sensing imagery at several points in time. The effect of land-cover classification errors on these carbon flux estimates has not been considered to our knowledge. We evaluated the integration of a land-cover change detection methodology using Landsat Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) imagery with a regional carbon budget analysis. This work includes the incorporation of image classification accuracy information into the carbon budget of our sample landscape. Our analysis indicates that the Los Tuxtlas, Mexico study region experienced an approximate net loss of 2.146 x 106 t C from 1986 to 1990. A carbon loss value which does not include classification error estimates is 34% less than the adjusted value.