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Land, Volume 5, Issue 4 (December 2016)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Cost-effective and practical methods to quantitatively verify the impacts of responsible forest [...] Read more. Cost-effective and practical methods to quantitatively verify the impacts of responsible forest management on safeguarding biodiversity are increasingly sought in tropical production forests. In order to meet this societal need, Fujiki et al. (2016) have developed an algorithm to map the index of tree-species composition using Landsat satellite data for elucidating the spatial patterns of forest degradation/intactness. They applied this algorithm to six Bornean forest management units where selective logging was being implemented. They could successfully map a tree-species composition index for each pixel over the entire area and elucidate the status of logged-over forests with a high accuracy. Mean index values correlated with management regimes, which implies that their methods would be useful for verifying the management impacts on safeguarding biodiversity. View this paper