Forest Condition Change in Northern Vermont: Potential causes and implications for landscape-scale analysis

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(2011-05-01 - 2011-08-31) The purpose of this research was to study the relationship between radial tree growth (tree-rings) and vegetation indices derived from Landsat 5 TM imagery in northeastern forests. The following questions were investigated:

1. Is there a relationship between measurements of basal area increment and vegetation indices derived from Landsat 5 TM data the same year 1984-2010?

2. If these relationships exist, are they stronger for certain vegetation indices, species types, or particular locations?

3. Is there some combination of multiple vegetation indices that can be used to model BAI across the landscape?

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