Forest Change Tools

Forest Change


Forest disturbance monitoring tool (ForWarn)

Forests and vegetated landscapes change naturally through the seasons. However, dramatic changes that occur at unexpected times can be detected through satellite imagery. Forest and natural resources managers, decision makers, scientists, and the public can use this system to understand potential threats to our nation’s lands. NEMAC has supported the U.S. Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the development of a cutting-edge forest disturbance monitoring system called ForWarn. Other partners include the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, among others.

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Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool Map

Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT)

Landscape resilience can be thought of as a landscape’s capacity to maintain its defining characteristics and functions, even while landscape change is ongoing. To assist planners and resource managers in understanding this ongoing change and allow them to incorporate landscape resilience and vulnerability into planning, NEMAC is supporting the U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the delivery of the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT), a tool to assess landscape dynamics based on satellite-observed vegetation change.

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Southern Forest Area Change Tools (SouthFACT)

NEMAC worked with the North Carolina Forest Service to design and develop Southern Forest Area Change Tools (SouthFACT), a web-based application for forest change detection that utilizes Landsat satellite imagery and additional GIS data to more precisely identify and quantify changes in forest cover as it occurs across the southern landscape—from Virginia to Florida to Oklahoma.

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