Remotely sensed indicators of forest conservation status: Case study from a Natura 2000 site in southern Portugal

We test the complementarity and joint effectiveness of airborne multispectral and laser scanning (lidar) in providing robust indicators of conservation status.Principal forest types and other land covers are mapped to an accuracy of up to 70% (11 land cover classes) and 81% (5 classes) by fusing the two remote sensing datasets, results that are superior to using either one alone.

Simonson, W.D.; Allen, H.D.; Coomes, D.A.