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Remote Sensing of Boreal Wetlands 1: Data Use for Policy and Management

Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5E1, Canada
Alberta Environment and Parks, 9th Floor, 9888 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 5C6, Canada
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, University of Alberta Edmonton, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9, Canada
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, 560 Rochester St, Ottawa, ON K1S 5K2, Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada, Boreal Program, 17504 111 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5S 0A2, Canada
Department of Geography, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(8), 1320;
Received: 22 February 2020 / Revised: 10 April 2020 / Accepted: 18 April 2020 / Published: 22 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wetland Landscape Change Mapping Using Remote Sensing)
Wetlands have and continue to undergo rapid environmental and anthropogenic modification and change to their extent, condition, and therefore, ecosystem services. In this first part of a two-part review, we provide decision-makers with an overview on the use of remote sensing technologies for the ‘wise use of wetlands’, following Ramsar Convention protocols. The objectives of this review are to provide: (1) a synthesis of the history of remote sensing of wetlands, (2) a feasibility study to quantify the accuracy of remotely sensed data products when compared with field data based on 286 comparisons found in the literature from 209 articles, (3) recommendations for best approaches based on case studies, and (4) a decision tree to assist users and policymakers at numerous governmental levels and industrial agencies to identify optimal remote sensing approaches based on needs, feasibility, and cost. We argue that in order for remote sensing approaches to be adopted by wetland scientists, land-use managers, and policymakers, there is a need for greater understanding of the use of remote sensing for wetland inventory, condition, and underlying processes at scales relevant for management and policy decisions. The literature review focuses on boreal wetlands primarily from a Canadian perspective, but the results are broadly applicable to policymakers and wetland scientists globally, providing knowledge on how to best incorporate remotely sensed data into their monitoring and measurement procedures. This is the first review quantifying the accuracy and feasibility of remotely sensed data and data combinations needed for monitoring and assessment. These include, baseline classification for wetland inventory, monitoring through time, and prediction of ecosystem processes from individual wetlands to a national scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: wetland; ecosystem change; ecology; data fusion; Ramsar Convention; boreal wetland; ecosystem change; ecology; data fusion; Ramsar Convention; boreal
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Chasmer, L.; Cobbaert, D.; Mahoney, C.; Millard, K.; Peters, D.; Devito, K.; Brisco, B.; Hopkinson, C.; Merchant, M.; Montgomery, J.; Nelson, K.; Niemann, O. Remote Sensing of Boreal Wetlands 1: Data Use for Policy and Management. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 1320.

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Chasmer L, Cobbaert D, Mahoney C, Millard K, Peters D, Devito K, Brisco B, Hopkinson C, Merchant M, Montgomery J, Nelson K, Niemann O. Remote Sensing of Boreal Wetlands 1: Data Use for Policy and Management. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(8):1320.

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Chasmer, Laura, Danielle Cobbaert, Craig Mahoney, Koreen Millard, Daniel Peters, Kevin Devito, Brian Brisco, Chris Hopkinson, Michael Merchant, Joshua Montgomery, Kailyn Nelson, and Olaf Niemann. 2020. "Remote Sensing of Boreal Wetlands 1: Data Use for Policy and Management" Remote Sensing 12, no. 8: 1320.

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