The Earth Observing System and Forest Management

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Inexpensive, readily available, and frequently updated: These are the important characteristics of biophysical data coming from the first satellite launched as part of the Earth Observing System. For forest managers, the data can help detect and monitor fires, determine seasonal and annual productivity across ownerships, even estimate national carbon balances for environmental policy plans. Although the variables do not distinguish all forest cover types, processing modifications will soon allow more detailed calculations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: EOS Training Center Coordinator, Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group, University of Montana School of Forestry, Missoula, MT 59812

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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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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