As part of the Integrated Wildlife Intensive Forestry program for Vancouver Island, this problem analysis was designed to evaluate the ability of Landsat image data to provide a wildlife habitat classification system. Preliminary examination of the success of Landsat image data application indicated that image analysis is best suited for broad vegetational mapping, resource monitoring, and as the initial step in a multistage sampling process. This report includes an introduction to the principles of Landsat and the description and capabilities of analogue and digital analysis techniques and systems. To meet the objective, two study topics are recommended: (1) Development of a current habitat inventory for Vancouver Island using digital Landsat data and (2) Landsat image analysis comparison: Digital vs. Visual. These study topics are designed to evaluate the suitability of a Landsat classification system for management and research development and research site selection.
Sadoway, K.L.. 1980. Landsat Classification for Wildlife Habitat Management and Research Planning: Problem Analysis (Also printed as IWIFR-6). Ministry of Environment. Wildlife Bulletin. B22