remote sensing
forest canopies
canopy characteristics

How to Cite

Weishampel, J. F., Ranson, K. J., & Harding, D. J. (1996). REMOTE SENSING OF FOREST CANOPIES. Selbyana, 17(1), 6–14. Retrieved from


Remote sensing provides information about forest canopies through a sensor signal resulting from the interaction of electromagnetic energy with canopy components. The information gained about the canopy structure is highly dependent on the frequency received by, as well as the spatial resolution of, the sensor. Currently, there are numerous types of remote sensing devices that utilize various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and cover a range of spatiotemporal scales. This paper is designed as an introductory overview of how remote sensing can be used to assess canopy characteristics at the crown, stand and landscape levels. Examples from passive (e.g., optical multispectral imagers) and active (e.g., synthetic aperture radar and lidar) systems are presented.


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