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Determination of Stand Properties in Boreal and Temperate Forests Using High-Resolution Imagery

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The existence of a relatively long (ca. 40 yr) satellite imagery archive for examination of potential worldwide forest change motivated an inspection of the relation between forest features observable from higher resolution airborne and satellite imagery and measures of forest biomass, height, and age. Using these data, we inspected the relation between stand age, mean diameter, height, and standing aboveground biomass for forest stands located in boreal forest (near Fairbanks, Alaska) and temperate forest (near Durham, North Carolina). The features of a spatial statistic, semivariance, prove to be related to the structure, age, and biomass patterns of these forests. These initial results indicate the feasibility of using appropriately calibrated high-resolution satellite imagery to estimate and monitor aboveground carbon reserves of forests. FOR. SCI. 46(4):478–486.
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Keywords: Alaska; North Carolina; Semi variance; biomass; remote sensing

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 22901 2: Research Scientist ERIM International Inc., P.O. Box 134008 Ann Arbor, MI, 48113-4008, Phone: (734) 994-1200, ext. 2897; Fax: (734) 994-5824 [email protected] 3: Senior Scientist ERIM International Inc., P.O. Box 134008 Ann Arbor, MI, 48113-4008

Publication date: 2000-11-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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