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Current Use of Remote Sensing by Foresters in the South

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Abstract:

A survey was conducted to determine how and to what extent remote sensing is being used for forest management in the 13 southern states. Several general conclusions were reached. Timber type mapping and road location are the major uses of aerial photographs. Professional resource managers spend a small portion of their time interpreting aerial photographs and very few photo interpreters are employed on a full-time basis. Significant differences were apparent in the use of aerial photographs by different organizations. Black-and-white photographs are most frequently used. Color and color infrared photography were utilized by all organizations to a limited extent, but Landsat, radar, and thermal imagery were generally not used. Very little use is being made of small-format (35 mm and 70 mm) photography. More applied research and practical training are needed to fully implement remote-sensing techniques in the field of natural resources.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Graduate Student, School of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

Publication date: August 1, 1980

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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