Canadian Forest Service Publications

A Procedure for Mapping and Monitoring Mountain Pine Beetle Red Attack Forest Damage using Landsat Imagery. 2006. Wulder, M.A.; White, J.C.; Coops, N.C.; Han, T.; Alvarez, M.F.; Butson, C.R.; Yuan, X. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Information Report BC-X-404. 30 p.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26209

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Remote sensing is a useful technology for detecting and mapping the red attack stage of a mountain pine beetle infestation. Provided appropriate imagery is selected to coincide with the manifestation of the red attack damage, the damage can be mapped in an accurate and timely fashion using Landsat Thematic Mapper or Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus imagery and change detection methods. This report describes a detailed procedure for using multiple dates of Landsat imagery to generate information products indicat¬ing the location and extent of mountain pine beetle red attack damage. The accuracy of this procedure is assessed and reported using more detailed forest health survey information at three sites in British Columbia. Also documented in this report is an optimal approach for Landsat scene selection, a summary of the level of effort required to apply the procedure described herein, and recommendations for potential improvements to the mapping procedure. Details on data acquisition, image pre-processing, image analysis, and accuracy assessment are included to facilitate the implementation for the mapping procedure in an operational context.