Remote Sensing Applied to Ecosystem Management

  • Henry M. Lachowski
  • Vicky C. Johnson

Abstract

Ecosystems are complex and dynamic; often, they support many diverse and competing demands. (1996) states that “in simple terms, the ecosystem concept states that the earth operates as a series of interrelated systems within which all components are linked, so that a change in any one component may bring about some corresponding changes in other components and in the operation of the whole system.” Managing ecosystems requires that we look at numerous phenomena and deal with information and analyses at multiple scales, whether geographic or temporal. The human dimension also must not be neglected. Effective management of ecosystems requires access to current and consistent geospatial information that can be shared by resource managers and the public. Geospatial information describing our land and natural resources comes from many sources and is most effective when stored in a geospatial database and used in a geographic information system (GIS). Information on the location and condition of current vegetation patterns is one of the key elements in ecosystem management. Remotely sensed data are primary sources for mapping vegetation. Furthermore, comparing images acquired several days, or several years, apart can assist in determining changes over time.

Keywords

Biomass Radar Assure Stratification Dition 

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