Canadian Forest Service Publications

Satellite land cover mapping of Canada’s forests: the EOSD land cover project. 2008. Wulder, M.A.; Cranny, M.M.; Hall, R.J.; Luther, J.E.; Beaudoin, A.; White, J.C.; Goodenough, D.G.; Dechka, J.A. Pages 21-30 (Chapter 3) in J.C. Campbell, K.B. Jones, J.H. Smith, and M.T. Koeppe, editors. North America Land Cover Summit. American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC, USA.

Year: 2008

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 29220

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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Capture of land cover information is a key requirement for supporting forest monitoring and management. In Canada, provincial and territorial forest stewards use land cover information to aid in management and planning activities. At the federal level, land cover information is required to aid in meeting national and international reporting obligations. To enable improved monitoring of Canada’s forests, the Earth Observation for Sustainable Developments of Forests (EOSD) project was initiated. EOSD is a partnership project between the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), with provincial and territorial participation and support. An element of EOSD is the development of a land cover map of the forested area of Canada reflective of circa 2000 conditions. Including image overlap outside of the forested area of Canada, over 475 Landsat-7 ETM+ images were classified, over 80% of Canada was mapped, and over 600 1:250,000 map sheet products were developed for unfettered sharing. The objective of this communication is to provide a brief project background, a summary of activities to enable product development, and an indication of the nature of the products and access.