Original Articles

Remote sensing from space—present and future applications in forestry, nature conservation and landscape management

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 185, issue 1, 1999 , pages: 14–26
DOI: 10.1080/10295925.1999.9631222
Author(s): Christoph KätschFaculty of Forestry, Fachhochschule Hildesheim/Holzminden, Germany, Holger VogtDipl. Forstwirt Holger Vogt, Faculty of Forestry, South Africa

Abstract

Past studies have suggested that sound knowledge about the reflectance characteristics of objects could be of great value in understanding the physical, chemical, and the spatial properties of features on our planet. These characteristics can be assessed remotely, and the available techniques hold considerable promise for the inventory and monitoring of natural resources. However, a significant lack of information concerning the full potential of this recent technology has resulted in an inadequate appreciation of the many possible applications in various domains.

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