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TitleEcological restoration from space: the use of remote sensing for monitoring land reclamation in Sudbury
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AuthorChampagne, C; Abuelgasim, A; Staenz, K; Monet, S; White, H PORCID logo
Source16th International Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration, Victoria, Canada, August 24-26; 2004., Open Access
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Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043294
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released2004 01 01
AbstractThe use of spatial information systems has grown over the past decade as a tool for studying ecosystems and the impacts of human activity upon them. The collection of geographic data, however, is often time consuming and expensive. Remote sensing of ecological processes offers the potential to rapidly produce spatial information over large areas. This study will examine the use of earth-observation data to map the restoration activities in the City of Greater Sudbury. Sudbury has made great progress over the past 25 years in restoring the vegetation cover that had been destroyed by the effects of mining. Reductions in smelter emissions and a reclamation effort to re-vegetate the area through a large-scale soil liming and tree-planting campaign have resulted in significant land cover change. Preliminary results show that remote sensing data can produce information on the land cover type and, on the relative health of vegetation in restored areas that are consistent with other field-based studies in this region. Further validation of these results need to be made to determine the local accuracy level that can be achieved using these methods.

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