The advent of regular satellite observations of the Earth's surface, and the potential for interpretation of vegetation cover from satellite data, provide an alternate approach to the investigation of ecosystem dynamics. The authors investigated the landscape-scale community dynamics of a boreal forest ecosystem, using the Landsat MSS data record from 1973 and 1983 to generate a stochastic description of the key life-cycle states of the community landscape elements. Such descriptions can provide input and verification for models of community development and landscape dynamics. It is anticipated that the proposed approach may be extended to measure, monitor, and model ecosystems at continental and planetary scales.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)