Philip A. Townsend

Learn More
a r t i c l e i n f o Keywords: Surface mining Mine reclamation Landsat Remote sensing Land use land cover change Runoff SMCRA Surface mining and reclamation is the dominant driver of land cover land use change (LCLUC) in the Central Appalachian Mountain region of the Eastern U.S. Accurate quantification of the extent of mining activities is important for(More)
Woody lianas are critical to tropical forest dynamics because of their strong influence on forest regeneration, disturbance ecology, and biodiversity. Recent studies synthesizing plot data from the tropics indicate that lianas are increasing in both abundance and importance in tropical forests. Moreover, lianas exhibit competitive advantages over trees in(More)
An efficient means to map tree plantations is needed to detect tropical land use change and evaluate reforestation projects. To analyze recent tree plantation expansion in northeastern Costa Rica, we examined the potential of combining moderate-resolution hyperspectral imagery (2005 HyMap mosaic) with multitemporal, multispectral data (Landsat) to(More)
Researchers from a number of disciplines have long sought the ability to estimate the functional attributes of plant canopies, such as photosynthetic capacity, using remotely sensed data. To date, however, this goal has not been fully realized. In this study, fresh-leaf reflectance spectroscopy (λ=450-2500 nm) and a partial least-squares regression (PLSR)(More)
—Hyperspectral imagery from EO-1 Hyperion and AVIRIS were used in conjunction with continuous forest inventory (CFI) data to map detailed forest composition in the state forests of Western Maryland. We developed a hierarchical vegetation classification that conformed to the National Vegetation Classification Standard (NVCS) at the Alliance level and mapped(More)
[1] Surface mining of coal and subsequent reclamation represent the dominant land use change in the central Appalachian Plateau (CAP) region of the United States. Hydrologic impacts of surface mining have been studied at the plot scale, but effects at broader scales have not been explored adequately. Broad-scale classification of reclaimed sites is(More)
Efficient methods for accurate and meaningful high-throughput plant phenotyping are limiting the development and breeding of stress-tolerant crops. A number of emerging techniques, specifically remote sensing methods, have been identified as promising tools for plant phenotyping. These remote sensing methods can be used to accurately and rapidly relate(More)
orest Health " has become one of the most widely used terms in ecosystem management. Its popularity derives from powerful personal imagery, connecting the fragility of health with ecosystems. It addresses a need for an efficient term to describe the vitality of the world's forests, a usage we support. However, broad adoption has brought multiple usages, not(More)
recovery patterns in response to divergent disturbance regimes in the Border Lakes region of Minnesota (USA) and Ontario (Canada)" (2013). USDA Forest Service / UNL Faculty Publications. Paper 276. Keywords: Forest harvest patterns Natural disturbance patterns Landscape disturbance legacy Disturbance regime Forest recovery Boreal forest a b s t r a c t The(More)