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This Issue: REMOTE SENSING AND MONITORING RICE CROPS (Part 1) and Some Other Good Things

BUT FIRST, WON’T YOU PLEASE HELP? Mapping Potential Energy Sources. Dr. Saied Pirasteh, Malaysia, is seeking any papers and websites on the mapping, and modeling potential renewable energy sites (such as solar, wind, waves and geothermal). If you can assist, please contact Saied at

REMOTE SENSING AND MONITORING RICE CROPS (Part 1) - Recently I had an inquiry about rice crop monitoring of small areas. Here are some sites that may be of interest: If you know of others, please contact Hamid Dashti at ahangar.hamid@GMAIL.COM.

Arafat, S. et al. 2010. Rice Crop Monitoring In Egyptian Nile Delta Using Egyptsat-1 Data. Joint U.S.-Egypt workshop for Space Technology & Geo-information for Sustainable Development, NARSS-Cairo 2010. 5 p.

Bellow, Michael E. 1994. Application of satellite data to crop area estimation at the county level. Rearch Division, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., December 1994. NASS Research Report No. STB-94-02. 29 p.

Bingfang, Wu; Qiangzi, Li. 2004? Crop area estimation using remote sensing on two-stage stratified sampling. 6 p.

Boschetti, Mirco et al. 2004. Monitoring paddy rice crops through remote sensing: productivity estimation by light use efficiency model (Proceedings Paper). Abstract.

Dadhwal,V.K. et al. 2002. Remote sensing based crop inventory: A review of Indian experience. Tropical Ecology 43(1): 107-122.

de Moura Soares, Dênis. et al. 2008. Crop area estimate from original and simulated spatial resolution data and landscape metrics. Estimativa de área agrícola com dados de resolução espacial original e simulada e métricas de paisagem. Sci. agric. (Piracicaba, Braz.) 65(5).

Ellis, Erle et al. 2000. Long-Term Change In Village-Scale Ecosystems In China Using Landscape and Statistical Methods. Ecological Applications 104(4): 1057-1073.

ESRI. 2009. GIS for Agriculture. GIS Best Practices. 32 p.

FAO. 2011. Tree crops - Guidelines for estimating area data. FAO Statistics. 7 p.

Freund, Jeremy. 2005. Cropped Area Estimation Using Multi-Temporal MODIS Imagery Case Study - Kenya's Rift Valley.

Frolkin, Steven et al. 1999. Agricultural Land-Use in China: A Comparison of Area Estimates from Ground-Based Census and Satellite-Borne Remote Sensing. Global Ecology and Biogeography 8(5): 407-416. Abstract.

Gallego, Javier. N.d. Crop Area Estimation with Remote Sensing Some considerations and experiences for the application to general agricultural statistics. 22 slides.

Gallego, Javier. N.d. Using remote sensing for crop area estimation. 36 slides.

Gebbinck, M.S. Klein; Schouten, T.E. n.d. Crop area estimation by data-driven decomposition of mixed pixels in Landsat-TM images. 20 p.

Gebizlioðlu, Ömer L. et al. 1996. Small Area Estimation in Turkey. 19 p.

GEOSS. 2009. Best practices for crop area estimation with Remote Sensing. Edited by Gallego J.,et al. Ispra, June 5-6, 2008. 14 p.


Corona, Piermaria. 2011. Emerging Issues of Forest Inventory and Integration with Remote Sensing. Summary of May 2011 workshop. IUFRO 4.02.06.

Dodds, Felix et al. 2007. Negotiating and implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs): A manual for NGOs. UNEP.185 p. From Civsonet.

Galpern, P., et al. 2011. Patch-based graphs of landscape connectivity: a guide to construction, analysis and application for conservation. Biol. Conserv. 144(1):44-55. Abstract.

Gil A., et al. 2011. Assessing the effectiveness of high resolution satellite imagery for vegetation mapping in small islands protected areas. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64. Szczecin, Poland, ISSN 0749-0208

GLCN. 2009. Mapping of Natural Resources for Agriculture Use and Planning in Libya.

GLCN. 2010. Himalaya Region Land Cover Mapping.

GOFC-GOLD. 2010. A sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring and reporting anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removals caused by deforestation, gains and losses of carbon stocks in forests remaining forests, and forestation. 200 p.

Gregoire, T.; Valentine, H. 2007. Sampling Strategies for Natural Resources and the Environment. Chapman and Hall. 496 p. $92.95 USD.

Hanna, Emad. 2011. Satellites Catch Loggers Red-Handed. Discovery News.

Harris, J. B. C.; et al. 2007. Land cover sampling biases associated with roadside bird surveys. Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 2(2): 12. [online] URL:

Hartter, J.; Goldman, A. 2011. Local responses to a forest park in western Uganda: alternate narratives on fortress conservation. Oryx 45(1):60-68. Abstract.

USFS. 2006. Forest Inventory and Analysis Glossary of Terms. Access from From Brad Smith and Barbara O'Connell, USFS.

Woodall, Christopher W.; et al. 2010. The Forest Inventory and Analysis Database Version 4.0: Database Description and Users Manual for Phase 3. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-61. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 180 p. From Brad Smith and Barbara O'Connell, USFS.

Woudenberg, Sharon W.;  et al. 2010. The Forest Inventory and Analysis Database: Database description and users manual version 4.0 for Phase 2. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR- 245. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 336 p. From Brad Smith and Barbara O'Connell, USFS.

 KEEPING UP-TO-DATE – PRODUCTS, NEWSLETTERS, EMAIL LISTS, JOURNALS. See also,, and Directory of open access journals.

BCN - Biological Conservation Newsletter July 2011 - Issue No. 319 now available at

FAO’s NWFP-Digest-L, - The latest issue of NWFP-Digest, a free e-mail journal that covers all aspects of non-wood forest products, may be found on FAO's NWFP home page: .

FOSSGIS - Brasil magazine From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.

International Geoinformatics Research and Development Journal (IGRDJ) - Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2011. See From Saied Pirasteh, Malaysia.

IUFRO News – The sixth issue of the International Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) News in 2011 is now available for download as a PDF or Word file at:

Journal of Biodiversity and Ecological Sciences – You may access the latest issue at From Keivan Saeb, Iran.

LiDAR Magazine – The first issue of LIDAR Magazine is now available! View your digital copy at - From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.


12-15 December 2011. Eye on Earth Summit. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) Details at From Beth Ingraham, UNEP via Ernest Rukangira, ANFES.

MOVING AHEAD – OPPORTUNITIES – See also: Scholarships-Positions -, Forestry, Arboriculture, Agriculture, Agronomy & Natural Resource Management Jobs at, Riley Guide to Agriculture, Forestry, & Farming Jobs, Finding Your Dream Job in Natural Resources,, The Job Seekers Guide for International and Environmental Careers and Scholarship Listing

Ph.D. position: Consequence of natural disturbances on the design of the forest industry. Domain of study: Forest management - Landscape ecology - Strategic planning. Description of research: We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate to design a strategic plan formulation sensitive to the influence of timber price projections and to the sustainability of forest management, including fire risk. The study takes place in the boreal forest of Quebec and Ontario, Canada. This project fits within a larger collaborative research to provide the forest industry and policy makers with new advanced planning and decision support systems. Profile of potential candidates: - Education in forest sciences or biology preferred but not mandatory, - Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating a strong potential in the use and analysis of quantitative data (mathematical programming). The successful applicant will join a Canada-wide research network that offers many opportunities for interaction ( Funds are available for two stays, one at the fire laboratory of David Martell (U. Toronto - and one with Glen Armstrong (U. Alberta - The PhD position includes a full 3-yr scholarship and is expected to start in September 2011. Study program : Doctorat en Sciences Forestières, Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, Université Laval (, Québec. Note that although the language of instruction at Université Laval is French, one's thesis may be written in English. Interested candidates can send a CV, transcript of academics records and an introduction letter to: Frédéric Raulier: From Frédéric Raulier via the Forest Net.

PhD position in the field of 3D change detection in remote sensing – see: From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.

Openings for Professors at Earth University, Costa Rica. EARTH University ( invites applications and nominations for the position of a full-time permanent Professor of Plant Pathology, Agricultural Mechanization & Rural Infrastructure, Tropical Silviculture, Agribusinesses & Entrepreneurship and Health & Physical Well-Being. EARTH is a private, non-profit university, located in the humid and dry tropics of Costa Rica, and comprised by an international faculty and student body. The university educates youngsters in the field of agriculture and natural resource management who are highly prepared to work in agricultural sustainably production in the tropics. We are seeking qualified and successful professionals in their field, with the ability to perform in a multidisciplinary teaching environment. We are also seeking leaders who can strongly motivate youngsters to successfully finish a degree and work in the sustainable development of the humid tropics. All applications must be sent to o may be faxed to +506 2713-0387. For further information contact Guillermo A. Navarro, or call (506) 2713-0096. From Sebastiao Kengen, Brazil. (Note: I have visited Earth University several times – it is a very beautiful and relaxing campus – Gyde) 

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News date 04/07/2011
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