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Applications of satellite remote sensing to forested ecosystems

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Iverson, Louis R.; Lambert Graham, Robin; Cook, Elizabeth A.; Cook, Elizabeth A.

Year Published

1989

Publication

Landscape Ecology. 3(2): 131-143.

Abstract

Since the launch of the first civilian earth-observing satellite in 1972, satellite remote sensing has provided increasingly sophisticated information on the structure and function of forested ecosystems. Forest classification and mapping, common uses of satellite data, have improved over the years as a result of more discriminating sensors, better classification algorithms, and the use of geographic information systems to incorporate additional spatially referenced data such as topography. Land-use change, including conversion of forests for urban or agricultural development, can now be detected and rates of change calculated by superimposing satellite images taken at different dates. Landscape ecological questions regarding landscape pattern and the variables controlling observed patterns can be addressed using satellite imagery as can forestry and ecological questions regarding spatial variations in physiological characteristics, productivity, successional patterns, forest structure, and forest decline.

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Iverson, Louis R.; Lambert Graham, Robin; Cook, Elizabeth A. 1989. Applications of satellite remote sensing to forested ecosystems. Landscape Ecology. 3(2): 131-143.

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