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Remote Sensing for Sustainable Forest Management

1st Edition

By Steven E. Franklin

CRC Press

424 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Description

As remote sensing data and methods have become increasingly complex and varied - and increasingly reliable - so have their uses in forest management. New algorithms have been developed in virtually every aspect of image analysis, from classification to enhancements to estimating parameters. Remote Sensing for Sustainable Forest Management reviews the literature and provides the tools for understanding and choosing remote sensing solutions for management problems.

The book presents methods and operational examples of forest change detection, forest defoliation monitoring, forest classification, and forest growth modeling. The concluding chapters discuss research issues and the future of remote sensing technologies. The author draws a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in remote sensing data and methods applicable to sustainable forest management issues.

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, the author addresses the 'I tried that once, didn't work, so the whole thing is useless' syndrome that has created institutional inertia in some management agencies. We now know the proper processing steps, the most efficient algorithms, what kinds of maps can be generated, and by whom, and what level of confidence managers can invest in the resulting products. We know under what conditions aerial remote sensing missions should be executed, what are the limits, and where investments in equipment and training should be made.

This authoritative book explores the remote sensing methods that need to be adopted and adapted to the forest science issues that are emerging through the sustainable forest management approach. This approach is not driven by technology, but by questions about its fundamental processes. Remote Sensing for Sustainable Forest Management shows you how this technology can be used to answer these questions and achieve the goals of sustainable forest management.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Forest Management Questions

Remote Sensing Data and Methods

Categories of Applications of Remote Sensing

Organization of the Book

SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

Definition of Sustainable Forest Management

Ecosystem Management

Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management

Information Needs of Forest Managers

Role of Remote Sensing

ACQUISITION OF IMAGERY

Field, Aerial, and Satellite Imagery

Data Characteristics

Resolution and Scale

Aerial Platforms and Sensors

Satellite Platforms and Sensors

General Limits of Airborne and Satellite Remote Sensing Data

IMAGE CALIBRATION AND PROCESSING

Georadiometric Effects and Spectral Response

Image Processing Systems and Functionality

Image Analysis Support Functions

Image Information Extraction

Image Understanding

FOREST MODELING AND GIS

Geographical Information Science

Ecosystem Process Models

Spatial Pattern Modeling

FOREST CLASSIFICATION

Information on Forest Classes

Classification Systems for Use with Remote Sensing Data

Level I Classes

Level II Classes

Level III Classes

FOREST STRUCTURE ESTIMATION

Information on Forest Structure

Forest Inventory Variables

Biomass

Volume and Growth Assessment

FOREST CHANGE DETECTION

Information on Forest Change

Harvesting and Silviculture Activity

Natural Disturbances

Change in Spatial Structure

CONCLUSION

The Technological Approach - Revisited

References

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW034000
LAW / Environmental
SCI011000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems