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Mapping of Siberian forest landscapes along the Yenisey transect with AVHRR

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In this paper NOAA AVHRR data acquired at the Sukachev Institute of Forest in Siberia, Russia is evaluated for forest management mapping applications. First a classification of the entire 1000km × 3000km transect was performed, but was found to be too general to be of value. More useful interpretation procedures require a landscape-ecological approach. This means that computer classification should be made separately for segments of territory based ecologically distinct regions. This segmentation of the transect into ecological regions was found to improve the level of detail available in the classification. Using this approach AVHRR data were found to be adequate for small scale mapping at the level of vegetation types or plant formations. A limited study using AVHRR data for classification of mountainous regions showed that AVHRR-derived maps were more detailed than existing landscape maps. AVHRR derived classifications also compared favourably to larger scale forest management maps of softwood and hardwood forests. Current forest management in Siberia relies on very small-scale inventory maps. Thus, there is a potential role for AVHRR (or Terra) data for northern Siberian forest monitoring. The southern forests of the Yenisey meridian (below the 57th parallel ) are less uniform due to considerable human activity, and NOAA/AVHRR data will play a subordinate role in its monitoring.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 2: Biospheric Sciences Branch, Code 923 NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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