Canadian Forest Service Publications

Operational mapping of the land cover of the forested area of Canada with Landsat data: EOSD land cover program. 2003. Wulder, M.A.; Dechka, J.A.; Gillis, M.D.; Luther, J.E.; Hall, R.J.; Beaudoin, A.; Franklin, S.E. The Forestry Chronicle 79(6): 1075-1083.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23696

Language: English

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A priority of the Canadian Forest Service and Canadian Space Agency joint project, Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests (EOSD), is the production of a land cover map of the forested area of Canada based upon Landsat data. The land cover will be produced through a partnership of federal, provincial and territorial governments, universities, and industry. The short-term goal of EOSD is to complete a land cover map representing year 2000 forested area conditions by early 2006. Over the longer term, EOSD will aim to produce land cover products to capture changes in forest conditions over time to support national and international reporting requirements. The forested area of Canada represents approximately half of Canada’s landmass, requiring over 450 scenes for complete coverage (with overlap minimized). EOSD is working with provincial and territorial mapping agencies that have on-going land cover mapping programs to optimize production capacity. It is envisioned that the combined output of EOSD and provincial and territorial land cover mapping programs will be integrated with maps developed by other sectors and agencies (such as agriculture) to produce a complete representation of the land cover of Canada. Large-area land cover mapping using remote sensing is a relatively new phenomenon. Advances in data storage capabilities, computing power, and increases in the affordability of data have allowed for large-area projects to be undertaken in ways previously not possible. The manner in which a large-area mapping project is approached is related to a number of factors including the spatial extent of the area of interest, the spatial resolution of the selected sensor, and the products which are to be generated. In this communication we report on the strategy, methods, and status of the EOSD land cover mapping program of the forested area of Canada.