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Remote Sensing Applied in Forest Management to Optimize Ecosystem Services: Advances in Research

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Department of Economics and Business, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Department of Education, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Higher Technical School of Architecture of Seville, Avenida de la Reina Mercedes, 2, 41012 Seville, Spain
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Department of Didactics and School Organization, National University of Distance Education, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Education and Social Psychology, Pablo de Olavide University, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Research Institute in Social Sciences and Education, Vice-Rectory for Research and Postgraduate, University of Atacama, Copiapó 1530000, Chile
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Forests 2020, 11(9), 969; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11090969
Received: 29 July 2020 / Revised: 27 August 2020 / Accepted: 4 September 2020 / Published: 7 September 2020
Research Highlights: the wide variety of multispectral sensors that currently exist make it possible to improve the study of forest systems and ecosystem services. Background and Objectives: this study aims to analyze the current usefulness of remote sensing in forest management and ecosystem services sciences, and to identify future lines of research on these issues worldwide during the period 1976–2019. Materials and Methods: a bibliometric technique is applied to 2066 articles published between 1976 and 2019 on these topics to find findings on scientific production and key subject areas. Results: scientific production has increased annually, so that in the last five years, 50.34% of all articles have been published. The thematic areas in which more articles were linked were environmental science, agricultural, and biological sciences, and earth and planetary sciences. Seven lines of research have been identified that generate contributions on this topic. In addition, the analysis of the relevance of the keywords has detected the ten main future directions of research. The growing worldwide trend of scientific production shows interest in developing aspects of this field of study. Conclusions: this study contributes to the academic, scientific, and institutional discussion to improve decision-making, and proposes new scenarios and uses of this technology to improve the administration and management of forest resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: remote sensing; forest management; ecosystem service; scientific production; research remote sensing; forest management; ecosystem service; scientific production; research
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Abad-Segura, E.; González-Zamar, M.-D.; Vázquez-Cano, E.; López-Meneses, E. Remote Sensing Applied in Forest Management to Optimize Ecosystem Services: Advances in Research. Forests 2020, 11, 969. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11090969

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Abad-Segura E, González-Zamar M-D, Vázquez-Cano E, López-Meneses E. Remote Sensing Applied in Forest Management to Optimize Ecosystem Services: Advances in Research. Forests. 2020; 11(9):969. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11090969

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Abad-Segura, Emilio, Mariana-Daniela González-Zamar, Esteban Vázquez-Cano, and Eloy López-Meneses. 2020. "Remote Sensing Applied in Forest Management to Optimize Ecosystem Services: Advances in Research" Forests 11, no. 9: 969. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11090969

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