Illegal logging: the extent of the problem

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From a remote sensing and GIS perspective there are many challenges in monitoring forest loss and illegal logging.

These range from definitional issues of what is a forest, or what is deforestation, through to the reliability and accuracy of global forest estimates derived from satellites and field survey.

The extent, effects, tracking and possible solutions to the illegal logging challenge are explored.

Andrew Skidmore

Professor Andrew Skidmore is a graduate in forestry from the Australian National University (ANU). He worked for 10 years with the Forestry Corporation of New South Wales and undertook a PhD in remote sensing and GIS at ANU.

In 1991 he moved to the School of Geography, University of New South Wales, and also worked as member and later Director of the Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS.

Since 1997, Prof. Skidmore has been Head of the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. His recent research includes wildlife habitat assessment in East Africa, hyperspectral remote sensing, AI techniques for handling geoinformation and accuracy assessment.


Thursday 9th February 2017