A primer on mapping vegetation using remote sensing
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Thomas Bobbe; H. Lachowski; Paul A. Maus; Jerry D. Greer; Chuck Dull
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • clearcutting
  • computer program
  • distribution
  • fire intensity
  • fire models
  • forest management
  • fuel models
  • geospatial
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • GPS - global positioning system
  • grazing
  • ground cover
  • habitat types
  • landscape ecology
  • national forests
  • project planning
  • range management
  • remote sensing
  • remote sensing
  • sedimentation
  • statistical analysis
  • thinning
  • vegetation mapping
  • vegetation surveys
  • watershed management
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 15321
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TTRS Call Number: Journals-I
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The use of information based upon remotely sensed data is a central factor in our 21st Century society. Scientists in land management agencies especially require accurate and current geospatial information to effectively implement ecosystem management. The increasing need to collect data across diverse landscapes, scales, and ownerships has resulted in a wider application of remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated geospatial technologies for natural resource applications. This paper summarizes the use of digital remotely sensed data for vegetation mapping. Key steps in preparing vegetation maps are described. These steps include defining project requirements and classification schemes, use of reference data, classification procedures, and assessing accuracy. The role of field personnel and inventory data is described. Case studies and applications of vegetation mapping on national forest land are also included.

Online Link(s):
Bobbe, Tom; Lachowski, Henry; Maus, Paul; Greer, Jerry; Dull, Chuck. 2001. A primer on mapping vegetation using remote sensing. International Journal of Wildland Fire 10(3-4):277-287.