Remote Sensing for Forest Conservation Planning


Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program


Award Date: 

May 2007




Durham, NH

The University of New Hampshire's Complex Systems Research Center hired Jeanne Anderson as a researcher for this project, which entailed the use of multiple forms of remote sensing techniques.  These techniques include very new technologies that have not been widely used for forest landscape characterization (Lidar) to develop forest structure mapping tools that can be applied to forest conservation planning. These new technologies hold much potential for improving forest conservation and management at a landscape scale. The project focused on several large unfragmented blocks of forest where the data would be used for conservation planning by The Nature Conservancy's in northern New England.

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