Remote Sensing And Gis In Ecosystem Management

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<p>Recent advances in remote-sensing technology and the processing of remote-sensing data through geographic information systems (GIS) present ecologists and resource managers with a tremendously valuable tool - but only if they are able to understand its capabilities and capture its potential.<p>Remote Sensing and GIS in Ecosystem Management identifies and articulates current and emerging information needs of those involved with the management of forest ecosystems. It explores the potential of remote-sensing/GIS technologies to
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<p>Recent advances in remote-sensing technology and the processing of remote-sensing data through geographic information systems (GIS) present ecologists and resource managers with a tremendously valuable tool - but only if they are able to understand its capabilities and capture its potential.<p>Remote Sensing and GIS in Ecosystem Management identifies and articulates current and emerging information needs of those involved with the management of forest ecosystems. It explores the potential of remote-sensing/GIS technologies to address those needs, examining: <ul> <li>the need for landscape-scale analysis to support forest ecosystem research and management <li>current challenges in the development of remote-sensing/GIS applications <li>case studies of different forest regions in the United States <li>the potential for further development or declassification of military and aerospace remote-sensing/GIS technologies </ul> As well as providing important information for ecologists and resource managers, the book will serve as a valuable resource for legislative and judicial policymakers who do not have a technical background in either remote sensing or resource management but who are nonetheless called upon to make decisions regarding the protection and management of forest ecosystems.
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This valuable set of articles, originally based on an unnamed conference, identifies the information needs of ecologists and resource managers for use in policy development and decision-making regarding forest ecosystem management; explores the applications of remote sensing/GIS technology to address those information needs; and provides a basic information resource for policymakers who lack technical background in these areas. Contains four ecosystem case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559632843
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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V. Alaric Sample is director of the Forestry Policy Center of American Forests.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Developing Landscape-Scale Information to Meet Ecological, Economic, and Social Needs 13
2 Developing Information Essential to Policy, Planning, and Management Decision-Making: The Promise of GIS 18
3 Challenges in Developing and Applying Remote Sensing to Ecosystem Management 25
4 Ecological Perspective: The Nature of Mature and Old-Growth Forest Ecosystems 48
5 Resource Management Perspective: Geographic Information Systems and Decision Models in Forest Management Planning 63
6 GIS Applications Perspective: Development and Analysis of a Chronosequence of Late-Successional Forest Ecosystem Data Layers 77
7 GIS Applications Perspective: Current Research on Remote Sensing of Forest Structure 91
8 Ecological Perspective: Linking Ecology, GIS, and Remote Sensing to Ecosystem Management 111
9 Resource Management Perspective: Practical Considerations for Using GIS and Remote Sensing at the Field Level 140
10 GIS Applications Perspective: Using Remote Sensing and GIS for Modeling Old-Growth Forests 157
11 Ecological Perspective: Understanding the Impacts of Forest Fragmentation 178
12 Resource Management Perspective: Managing to Minimize Fragmentation of Native Hardwood Forests 192
13 GIS Applications Perspective: Multidisciplinary Modeling and GIS for Landscape Management 201
14 Ecological Perspective: Current and Potential Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS to Ecosystem Analysis 218
15 Resource Management Perspective: Remote Sensing and GIS Support for Defining, Mapping, and Managing Forest Ecosystems 243
16 GIS Applications Perspective: Remote Sensing and GIS as a Bridge Between Ecologists and Resource Managers in the Northern Lake States 265
17 Adaptation of NASA Remote Sensing Technology for Regional-Level Analysis of Forested Ecosystems 287
18 Adaptation of Military Space-Based Remote Sensing Technology to Ecological Information Needs 314
19 The Potential and Limitations of Remote Sensing and GIS in Providing Ecological Information 327
20 GIS as a Catalyst for Effective Public Involvement in Ecosystem Management Decision-Making 337
21 Realizing the Potential of Remote Sensing and GIS in Ecosystem Management Planning, Analysis, and Policymaking 346
About the Contributors 353
Index 356
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