Satellites to map forests
The forests in the island are to be remapped using satellite images,
Forest Department Assistant Conservator Nishantha Edirisinghe told the
Daily News. "The previous mapping was done in 1999.
First we interpret forest cover, grass lands, buildings and water
areas through satellite images, and then will go to forest lands to see
whether the images obtained are true.
After categorizing into forest cover classes the maps will be drawn
using the CIS software" he said.
He also said that, the Department hopes to release this map within
next three months.
"This will be of use to obtain contemporary facts about remaining
forests in Sri Lanka" he added.