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A method has been developed for controlling the quality of continuously updated forest information by satellite remote sensing. In this work Landsat TM satellite data, used as an economic repetitive form of information, was combined with continuously updated field information. The aim was to direct field inspection to areas where updating had been absent or erroneous. The multitemporal Landsat TM image was radiometrically calibrated by band to band regression. In the change classification, changes between the acquisitions were detected by standwise linear nonparametric discrimination. The correct classification percentage was 98 on mineral soil and 91 on peat land. When comparing the image classification results to recorded treatments, 6.9 % of stands were recommended for field inspection within a two year test period due to unrecorded manmade or unexpected natural change. For a ten year inventory cycle, this means a recommendation for inspection of only one third of the stands when compared to present updating by repetitive total field inventory.

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Authors: VARIO I, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: International Journal of Remote Sensing
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