Canadian Forest Service Publications

Monitoring Canada's Forests: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests Land Cover. 2005. Wulder, M.A.; Dechka, J.A.; Hall, R.J.; Luther, J.E.; Beaudoin, A.; Cranny, M.M.; McDonald, S. Earth Observation Magazine XIV(5): no pagination (on-line).

Year: 2005

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25523

Language: English

Availability: Not available through the CFS (click for more information).

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Canada is determined to be a good steward of its more than 400 million hectares of forested land — a renewable resource, contributing $37 billion dollars per year to the country's balance of trade. Ensuring effective resource management requires current and reliable forest information. In support of national and international reporting requirements, the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is using space-based, Earth observation (EO) technologies to monitor the sustainable development of Canada's forests through an initiative called Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests (EOSD). The initiative is producing a land cover map of the forested area of Canada using Landsat satellite data. The short-term goal of EOSD is to complete a land cover map representing circa year 2000 forested area conditions by 2006. Longer-term project goals include not only land cover maps, but maps of forest composition, change over time, and biomass.