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    Author(s): John F. Kelly
    Date: 1990
    Source: Protecting natural resources with remote sensing: proceedings of the 3rd Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference; 1990 April 9-13; Tucson, AZ.Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: 360-366.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The Forest Inventory and Analysis unit of the USDA Forest Service Southern Forest Experiment Station (SO-FIA) has the research task of devising an inventory updating system that can be used to provide reliable estimates of forest area, volume, growth, and removals at the State level. These updated inventories must be accomplished within current budgetary restraints. Remote sensing is expected to provide important data elements for the updating system. Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer satellite imagery, combined in a multi-stage design with more detailed data such as Landsat TM, will be used to produce estimates of forest area. SO-FIA is also evaluating the use of satellite imagery to obtain data on forest type, stand size, area change, and detection of harvest and regeneration activities. The linking of satellite data with geographic information systems technology is expected to enhance the usefulness of remotely sensed data in inventorying large areas.

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    Kelly, John F. 1990. The use of remote sensing for updating extensive forest inventories. Protecting natural resources with remote sensing: proceedings of the 3rd Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference; 1990 April 9-13; Tucson, AZ.Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: 360-366.

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