Araştırma Makalesi (Research Article)

Forest operations planning by using RTK-GPS based digital elevation model


Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Faculty of Forestry, Kahramanmaras, Turkey


Bursa Technical University, Faculty of Forestry, Bursa, Turkey

FORESTIST 2015; 65: 59-68
DOI: 10.17099/jffiu.11545
Read: 1254 Downloads: 634 Published: 22 December 2019

Having large proportion of forests in mountainous terrain in Turkey, the logging methods that not only minimize operational costs but also minimize environmental damages should be determined in forest operations planning. In a case where necessary logging equipment and machines are available, ground slope is the most important factor in determining the logging method. For this reason, accurate, up to date, and precise ground slope data is very crucial in the success of forest operations planning. In recent years, high-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) can be generated for forested areas by using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS method and these DEMs can be used to develop precise slope maps. In this study, high-resolution DEM was developed by RTK-GPS method to generate precise slope map in a sample area. Then, the slope map was classified into slope classes specified by IUFRO in order to assist forest operations planning. According to the results, logging methods that are suitable for very steep and steep terrain conditions (i.e. skyline logging, cable pulling, and chute systems) should be preferred in 48.1% of the study area. It was also found that logging methods that are suitable for terrain with medium slope (i.e. skidding and cable pulling) and gentle slope (i.e. skidding and mobile winch) should be preferred in 34.1% and 17.8% of the study area, respectively.

To cite this article: Gülci, N., Akay, A.E., Erdaş, O., Gülci, S., 2015. Üretim işlerinin planlanmasında RTK-GPS tabanlı sayısal yükseklik modelinin kullanılması. Journal of the Faculty of Forestry Istanbul University 65(2): 59-68. DOI: 10.17099/jffiu.11545

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