Canadian Forest Service Publications
Aerial, GIS, and Field Data Calibration of a Landsat ETM+ Mountain Pine Beetle Detection Procedure in British Columbia, Canada. 2002. Skakun, R.S.; Franklin, S.E.; Wulder, M.A.; Carroll, A.L. Pages 2887-2889 (Vol. 5) in IGARSS 2002, Proceedings: IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium and the 24th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. June 24-28, 2002, Toronto, Canada. IEEE, Piscataway, New Jersey.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 20546
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The identification and classification of mountain pine beetle, Dentroctonus ponderosa (Hopkins), red-attack damage patterns in a mature lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) forest located in the Fort St. James Forest District, British Columbia, was accomplished using 1999 Landsat ETM+ satellite imagery, a 1999 mountain pine beetle field and aerial survey point dataset, and GIS forest inventory data. A maximum likelihood classification based on training areas developed from stratified field and aerial survey points was 73% correct. The red-attack damage class showed forest stands with a high likelihood of containing small groups of red-attacked trees.