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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2011) 56(1): 23–25
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Refereed article
Applying Satellite Imagery for Forest Planning

Pete Watt* 1 and Michael Watt 2

1 Indufor Asia-Pacific. Pete Watt, Resource Mapping Specialist at Indufor Asia Pacific.
2 Scion, Christchurch
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Cost-effective options for providing up-to-date information on the status of forest resources to improve planning are important. Due to lower costs and improved technology, attention has recently focussed on the benefits of remote sensing to supplement and improve resource information. Since new opportunities exist to use these technologies, this paper concentrates on the application of high resolution (~5 m) satellite imagery to provide broad area coverage that can be processed to create a number of GIS-ready products to assist forest planners. The images provided are multi-spectral (five spectral bands) and in a format that can be manipulated to enhance and detect changes in vegetation or land cover. In this context the images can be used in several forestry operations, including; monitoring harvesting and the success of plantation establishment, mapping of wind and snow damage and to delineate forest species and boundaries.
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