Keeping Pace with Global Positioning System Technology in the Forest
Global positioning system (GPS) technology continues to spread throughout society with an increased number of GPS receivers becoming available at lower costs to consumers. GPS applications in forested settings have developed at a more modest pace than other applications because of the difficulty in maintaining satellite communication under tree canopy and in steep terrain. Several recent studies, however, have found that accurate GPS measurements are possible within forested settings using relatively low-cost GPS receivers. In addition, GPS hardware and satellite systems are in a state of development with significant improvements expected in the near future. This article describes current GPS technology and expected future trends that are likely to benefit GPS operators. In addition, considerations for improving GPS measurement accuracy in forested settings are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-09-01
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