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Rapid mapping of hurricane damage to forestsAuthor(s): Erik M. Nielsen
Source: In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 307-316.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Washington Office
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DescriptionThe prospects for producing rapid, accurate delineations of the spatial extent of forest wind damage were evaluated using Hurricane Katrina as a test case. A damage map covering the full spatial extent of Katrina?s impact was produced from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery using higher resolution training data. Forest damage detected in MODIS imagery corresponded well with damaged areas mapped in aerial surveys and matched the patterns expected in relation to maximum sustained winds, topography, and forest type. The results were encouraging for the prospects of rapid assessment using MODIS and other environmental data.
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CitationNielsen, Erik M. 2009. Rapid mapping of hurricane damage to forests. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 307-316.
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