582 pages, 32 colour plates, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables
Providing a suite of remote sensing-based approaches for dealing with the inventory and monitoring of protected lands around the world, this book addresses contemporary issues in monitoring, conservation planning, and ecosystem forecasting. It presents the state of the art in satellite-based remote sensing and compares protected lands with unprotected areas to measure ecosystem and environmental changes under factors such as human-induced land cover change and climate change. Case studies are included that illustrate key concepts.
Contributed by a group of leading and well-published scholars in the field, this book is the first to dedicate to the applications of remote sensing science and technology for inventory, monitoring, and managing of protected lands and waters. Professor Wang carefully selected and examined each contribution, and created a well-structured volume to address the use of remote sensing technology in protected lands from four perspectives, namely, changing landscape and change detection; monitoring and mapping methods; inventory and monitoring of frontier lands, and decision support for management of protected lands. This comprehensive approach allows readers to have both a systematic view of the field and a detailed knowledge of a particular topic, seeing both 'forest' and 'trees'.
- From the Series Foreword by Series Editor Qihao Weng, PhD, Hawthorn Woods, Indiana
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