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ARC Partnerships: Industry and Academia Explore Remote Sensing Applications

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Incorporating remote sensing and GIS technology into forestland management requires significant investment in tools and expertise, for uncertain benefits. The NASA-sponsored Affiliated Research Center (ARC) program seeks to reduce the risk through industry-university partnerships. These partnerships help define feasibility, benefits, and costs for new or improved information, methods, and products. The projects described include inventory, stand height and volume classification, and species type mapping and incorporate the use of digital airborne and satellite imagery, radar, and lidar data. Partners may include forest companies, consultants, technology developers, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Case studies describe partnership projects of University of South Carolina and Westvaco; SUNY-ESF and Emerge; SUNY-ESF and Highland Geographic, Inc.; University of Wisconsin–Madison and George Banzhaf & Company; and Oregon State University, Pacific Meridian Resources, and Spencer B. Gross, Inc.

Keywords: GIS; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; remote sensing; technology transfer

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331-5752, 2: Professor College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York–Syracuse 3: Professor Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia 4: ARC Director University of South Carolina, Columbia 5: Graduate Student Environmental Remote Sensing Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison 6: Associate Professor Department of Geography and Earth Resources, Utah State University, Logan 7: Professor Department of Geography, San Diego State University, San Diego

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
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