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Tropical Forest Resource Assessment by Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing

  1. Doreen S. Boyd

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a2323

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Boyd, D. S. 2006. Tropical Forest Resource Assessment by Remote Sensing. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


The earth's tropical forests are a global resource, requiring action for their wise utilization, management and protection at spatial scales from the local through to the global. The acquisition of data pertaining to tropical forest resources presents many challenges,1 many of which may be overcome through the use of remote sensing. Reasons for the adoption of remote sensing for the assessment of tropical forest resources are compelling. Remote sensing can be used to observe the dynamics of tropical forests at almost any level of detail. It allows the frequent measurement and monitoring of the earth's tropical forests on a continuous basis, from which accurate and informed judgments on their resources at any given time can be made. Accordingly, there has been progressive evolution of remote sensing approaches for the collection of tropical forest resource information. With the imminent launch of new spaceborne sensors which will be able to acquire more information on tropical forests, remote sensing will continue to be a crucial tool in the assessment of tropical forest resources.