chapter  9
12 Pages


A wave of biological awareness, and a growing recognition among the people of the world that environmental limits exist, and may be rapidly approaching, has transformed forest management in recent years. A sustainable forest management approach is urgently sought as one of the critical mechanisms to ensure a balance in human resource use and natural world coexistence. The development of remote sensing in forestry can be considered as one essential component of the required management system — one of several technologies in the expanding continuum of technological resources deployed during forest management planning and operations. The developers of remote sensing and, increasingly, many users, consider remote sensing to be a decisive tool, a flexible method, one critical part of a technological approach designed to satisfy the large and growing need for forest information and knowledge.