5.1.4 Additional map products from remote sensing
Remote sensing can also be used to provide a variety of products that may be helpful to countries for forest management. Even simple maps that show the distribution of forests can help visualize change in forest area through time. Maps of land use beyond the six IPCC categories discussed in Chapter 2, Section 2.3.2 can inform decision making related to land management activities. Similarly, detailed maps of forest types, or strata, are an integral part of many forest planning and management activities. Near-real time maps of forest change (Xin et al., 2013; Verbesselt et al., 2012) can be used to help minimize illegal logging and to reduce encroachment of deforestation on protected areas.