Remote Sensing of Forest Environments, Conclusions

Challenges and Opportunties
  • Steven E. Franklin
  • Michael A. Wulder


Remote sensing has emerged, in only a few decades, as one of the premier observational and analytical tools for use in scientific understanding and managing of the world’s forests. The widespread use of image data has been accompanied by the occasional request, by remote sensing scientists and forest practitioners alike, for solid evidence and examples to support the ‘practical applications of remote sensing of forests’. To us, the practicality in remote sensing of forests is now virtually self-evident as the material in this book and other sources have become increasingly convincing. Never before have forest managers and scientists had more ready access to their forests through remotely sensed information acquired at multiple spatial and temporal scales, in analogue and digital forms, linked to ground observations, GIS data, and models, and tied to management or science objectives that range from the straightforward (where do we plan roads and harvest’ activities?) to the extraordinary (can we map nutrient status and photosynthetic capacity?). And not a moment too soon; the world’s forests have never before faced such overwhelming challenges to their continued existence and healthy functioning.


Remote Sensing Synthetic Aperture Radar Aerial Photography Forest Environment Forest Certification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven E. Franklin
    • 1
  • Michael A. Wulder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Canadian Forest Service (Pacific Forestry Centre)Natural Resources CanadaVictoriaCanada

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