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Remote sensing: a tool for park planning and management

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Abstract

Remote sensing may be defined as the science of imaging or measuring objects from a distance. More commonly, however, the term is used in reference to the acquisition and use of photographs, photo-like images, and other data acquired from aircraft and satellites. Thus, remote sensing includes the use of such diverse materials as photographs taken by hand from a light aircraft, conventional aerial photographs obtained with a precision mapping camera, satellite images acquired with sophisticated scanning devices, radar images, and magnetic and gravimetric data that may not even be in image form. Remotely sensed images may be color or black and white, can vary in scale from those that cover only a few hectares of the earth's surface to those that cover tens of thousands of square kilometers, and they may be interpreted visually or with the assistance of computer systems. This article attempts to describe several of the commonly available types of remotely sensed data, to discuss approaches to data analysis, and to demonstrate (with image examples) typical applications that might interest managers of parks and natural areas.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Remote sensing: a tool for park planning and management
Series title Parks
Volume 6
Issue 3
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher International Union for Conservation of Nature
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 6 p.
First page 1
Last page 6
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N