From the Summary (p.328) ... 'In this chapter, we have discussed a number of methods to monitor the boreal forest by using satellite systems that collect data from the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Although we have focused our attention on data collected by the Landsat and AVHRR systems, data from other satellite systems are available as well.Of particular note is the Earth Observing System that will be launched by the United States and several international partners in 1999. The MODIS will contain a total of 36 channels, 19 or which will be in the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Of particular importance are the seven bands or channels designed for direct observation of the earth's land surface. Although MODIS is designed to collect a global data set on a daily basis, its resolution is much better than AVHRR, with a 500-meter pixel spacing. This system should be particularly useful for monitoring the boreal forest.' © 2000 Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.