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    Author(s): Jeffrey G. Masek; Daniel J. Hayes; M. Joseph Hughes; Sean P. HealeyDavid P. Turner
    Date: 2015
    Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 355: 109‐123.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Sustaining forest resources requires a better understanding of forest ecosystem processes, and how management decisions and climate change may affect these processes in the future. While plot and inventory data provide our most detailed information on forest carbon, energy, and water cycling, applying this understanding to broader spatial and temporal domains requires scaling approaches. Remote sensing provides a powerful resource for ‘‘upscaling’’ process understanding to regional and continental domains. The increased range of available remote sensing modalities, including interferometric radar, lidar, and hyperspectral imagery, allows the retrieval of a broad range of forest attributes. This paper reviews the application of remote sensing for upscaling forest attributes from the plot scale to regional domains, with particular emphasis on how remote sensing products can support parameterization and validation of ecosystem process models. We focus on four key ecological attributes of forests: composition, structure, productivity and evapotranspiration, and disturbance dynamics. For each attribute, we discuss relevant remote sensing technologies, provide examples of their application, and critically evaluate both strengths and challenges associated with their use.

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    Masek, Jeffrey G.; Hayes, Daniel J.; Hughes, M. Joseph; Healey, Sean P.; Turner, David P. 2015. The role of remote sensing in process‐scaling studies of managed forest ecosystems. Forest Ecology and Management. 355: 109‐123.

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    remote sensing, forest ecology, scaling

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