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Forestry Applications of NASA Remote Sensing Programs

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Landsat, Skylab, and the Earth Resources Survey Program are experiment remote sensing efforts initiated by NASA since the mid-1960s. The greatest utility of Landsat data is for the separation of forest from nonforest land on a regional basis. Skylab can be used to classify general forest vegetation types. Aircraft photography from the Earth Resources Survey Program often provides as much detail as larger scale photography. Space Shuttle is a new program that will provide remotely sensed data which may help in forest management.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate, Department of Forest Science, Texas A&M University, College Station

Publication date: 1978-04-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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