A University of Arkansas at Monticello forestry student and his academic advisor recently published research on the use of high-resolution imagery to map the distribution of trees in bottomland forests.


Bishwa Sapkota, a graduate student from Nepal is enrolled in the UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He and his advisor, Lu Liang, recently published work from their research in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry.


The paper is entitled “A multi-step approach to classify full canopy and leafless trees in bottomland hardwoods using very high resolution imagery.”


The article described how to map the distribution of trees in bottomland forests using remote sensing and GIS technologies, according to a news release.


According to Dean Phil Tappe of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the results of the study can help forest managers gain insight into forest productivity, the presence of invasive species and provides guidelines for future remote sensing projects.


The study was conducted in Clark County and supported by the Ross Foundation, Arkansas Forest Resources Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


“The School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, bring together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The School and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide,” according to the news release.