Canadian Forest Service Publications

Landsat imagery for Banff and Jasper National Parks: inventory and management. 1977. Kirby, C.L.; Goodenough, D.G.; Day, D.; van Eck, P.I. Pages 207-224 in Proceedings of the Third Canadian Remote Sensing Symposium, September 1975, Edmonton, Alberta. Canadian Forestry Service, Northern Forest Research Centre, Edmonton, Alberta.

Year: 1977

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23414

Language: English

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Computer assisted classifications of LANDSAT digital magnetic tapes of Banff and Jasper National Parks were done using the General Electric "Image-100" of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing in Ottawa. Themes of pine, spruce and poplar-shrub forest , water, snow and meadows were c lassified by their spectral signatures. From 70 to 80 percent of the four areas studied were classified with 80 to 90 percent accuracy using a supervised parallelepiped classification method. Extension of the classification from small training areas of 50 - 100 km2 in each LANDSAT image to classification of 1200 km 2 areas at full resolution was done successfully on two LANDSAT images. The classifications produced were geometrically correct 'in color at a scale of 1:250,000 on an electron beam image recorder. Proposed applications of this work are in a biophysical inventory and in a National Park public education program. A limited number of LANDSAT photo-maps of Banff and Jasper Parks at a scale of 1:500,000 in color, and with national topographic map information on water resources and transportation, are available on request to the Northern Forest Research Centre.