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Techniques for Visualizing the Appearance of Forestry Operations

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Properly used, computer visualizations are powerful tools for educating people about forestry operations and comparing management alternatives. Four techniques are suitable for depicting the results of timber harvests: geometric modeling, video imaging, a hybrid combining geometric modeling and video imaging, and image draping. Which is most appropriate depends on its intended use. Criteria for selecting the best technique are the size of the project area, the goal of the visualization, the level of detail that must be shown, and the data available for describing the area.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, University of Washington, PO Box 352100, Seattle 98195-2100

Publication date: June 1, 1998

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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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