Use of a simple photointerpretation method with free, online imagery to assess landscape fragmentationAuthor(s): Andrew Lister; Tonya Lister; James A. Doyle
Source: In: Proceedings, 2009 Society of American Foresters national convention, Opportunities in a forested world; 2009 Sept. 30-Oct. 4; Orlando, FL. Bethesda MD: Society of American Foresters. [CD].
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: View PDF (256.04 KB)
Forest fragmentation is a problem in many areas of the United States. As contiguous forest is divided into smaller and smaller patches, ecosystem services, such as support for water infiltration, microclimate stabilization, wildlife habitat, and human recreation activities become more limited. Researchers and land managers are interested in monitoring forest fragmentation. In this paper we describe an efficient photointerpretation method that automates the work of gathering and loading images. A grid of photo plots is optimally created and overlain on the sample area, and land-use composition is determined using publicly available and web-accessible National Aerial Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery. We present the method in the context of a forest fragmentation assessment for Prince George’s County, Maryland, using 2007 NAIP imagery. Methods are described, and include the presentation of a novel, plot-based fragmentation metric. Results indicate that the scale of forest fragmentation in this area, by our measure, is less than 1000 meters, and that our tool can be used efficiently for studies like this.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationLister, Andrew; Lister, Tonya; Doyle, James A. 2009. Use of a simple photointerpretation method with free, online imagery to assess landscape fragmentation
KeywordsLandscape change, photointerpretation, forest fragmentation
- Assessing alternative measures of tree canopy cover: Photo-interpreted NAIP and ground-based estimates
- Distribution and Causes of Global Forest Fragmentation
XML: View XML