Integrating Multiple Resolution Imagery for Building an Enterprise Forest Database
Track: Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management
Author(s): Wilson Edwards, Jeff DeWitt, Mark Brennan
Bowater Corporation is building a high resolution enterprise forest database to guide management of it's land base in the southern United States. Remotely sensed imagery at varying resolutions (both aerial and satellite) have been used to delineate forest stand boundaries, define core inventory attributes, and define roads, streams and other natural features. The imagery and resulting layers delineated from the imagery are stored in an ArcSDE GeoDatabase that powers the distributed forest management system. The system is deployed using a WTS CITRIX approach using high resolution imagery as core ArcSDE layers.
Now that the core inventory database has been implemented more advanced applications are being undertaken that integrate multiple resolution imagery. A recent application is utilizing IKONOS (1-meter and 4-meter) imagery in concert with Landsat Thematic Mapper (30-meter) imagery to delineate pine beetle infestations that seriously impact forest management activities.
This paper will review the integration of applying multiple resolution imagery for developing and maintaining a state-of-the-art forest management system built on the ArcGIS enterprise GeoDatabase platform. A review of technical issues, approaches and successful results will be presented with a focus on requirements for utilizing appropriate imagery data sources for forest management.
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