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Title: The Southern Annual Forest Inventory System

Author: Reams, Gregory A.; van Deusen, Paul C.;

Date: 1999

Source: Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 4(4): 346-360.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: The Southern Annual Forest Inventory System (SAFIS) is in various stages of implementation in 7 of the 13 southern states serviced by the Southern Research Station. The SAFIS design is an interpenetrating design where the n units (1/6 acre plots) are divided into k = 5 panels, each panel containing m = n/k units. Panel 1 plots are measured in year 1, panel 2 in year 2, etc., such that all plots have been visited by the end of year 5. The panel cycle is repeated into perpetuity. Each panel, in effect, is a 5-year periodic survey with complete overlap of sample units. Numerous estimation schemes are possible, and the authors explore five possible options. The five options are (1) use existing periodic inventory programs to produce 5-year survey estimates by adjusting all five panels to a common year; (2) analyze each annual panel independently; (3) produce 5-year estimates by combining the five panel estimates by varying the weight given to each panel; (4) base inventory estimates on mixed estimation where actual and predicted values are combined; and (5) use imputation techniques such that unmeasured plots are filled in with imputed plots. A two-phase method for forest area estimation that uses the known map marginals from a thematic map is presented as an alternative to photo interpretation-based estimates.

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Reams, Gregory A.; van Deusen, Paul C. 1999. The Southern Annual Forest Inventory System. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 4(4): 346-360.


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