- Noone, Matthew David
University of Maine Graduate School
This thesis demonstrated the use of economical, medium spatial resolution Landsat satellite imagery to map and monitor forest conditions and changes on a statewide scale. Twenty-nine Landsat scenes were used to develop a statewide forest change map and fourteen landsat scenes were used to create a 2007 forest cover type map of Maine. Chapter 1 demonstrates in a straightforward, reproducible method to create a statewide forest change and cover type map. The cover type map was evaluated for agreement with U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) ground plot data (64% overall agreement) while the change map was evaluated using visual interpretation of random sample locations on multiple years of Landsat data and aerial photos (84% overall accuracy).