Advancement in space technologies has generated new possibilities for forest mapping using integration of GIS and remote sensing (RS) technologies. RS data processed by image classification methods is subsequently converted into GIS data coverage, offering the possibility of analysing the classified image together with other data levels such as digital terrain model (DTM) data existing in GIS. The satellite remote sensing is valuable technique for mapping of forests and potential afforestation sites occurring over large area, rapidly and economically. Up-to-date information on location and spatial extent of forests and wastelands is an essential prerequisite for management of forest and wastelands
- Mapping the type & extent of forest on 1:50,000 scale
- Mapping of crown density for reserve forests
- Identification of potential sites for afforestation purpose
- Creation of baseline information for forest and wastelands management
Micronet Solutions has executed ‘Forest Stock Mapping Project’ for the state of Chhattisgarh. The integrated map was generated for forest department.
The Compartment boundaries were extracted from the forest maps with the state forest department. The Satellite Image was rectified & image interpretation was carried out to delineate the forest cover. Various GCP points were collected using GPS for geo-referencing of forest maps. These maps were transformed to Lambert Conformal Conical projections systems. These were overlaid on geo referenced 1:50,000 map sheets & plotted for field survey. All the features were digitized, Geo-Referenced & attribute geo-coding of Forest Resources Survey data was carried out. The road network was updated using satellite image & dynamic segmentation was carried out for FMIS Division. The Database was mosaiced at division level. The entire database creation was submitted in Mapinfo & ESRI Shape file formats.