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Title: FIA Estimation in the New Millennium

Author: Roesch, Francis A. Jr.;

Date: 2001

Source: In: Reams, Gregory A.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Van Deusen, Paul C., eds. 2001. Proceedings of the second annual Forest Inventory and Analysis symposium; 2000 October 17-18; Salt Lake City, UT. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-47. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 82-89

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: In the new millennium, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) will deliver most of its database information directly to the users over the Internet. This assumption indicates the need for a GIS-based estimation system to support the information delivery system. Presumably, as the data set evolves, it will free FIA and the users from exclusive estimation within political boundaries.

A data set of basal area measurements from a survey unit in Georgia is used to simulate one that might have been obtained had an annual inventory been conducted over a 5-year time interval. The simulated data set was used to investigate various estimators and any potential spatial correlation of basal area. The presence of spatial correlation, coupled with a desire to fulfill user needs to obtain estimates over individually defined elements of the spatial-temporal cube, forms the basis for an argument that a real-time GIS-based estimation system should be developed as the main information delivery vehicle for FIA.

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Roesch, Francis A., Jr. 2001. FIA Estimation in the New Millennium. In: Reams, Gregory A.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Van Deusen, Paul C., eds. 2001. Proceedings of the second annual Forest Inventory and Analysis symposium; 2000 October 17-18; Salt Lake City, UT. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-47. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 82-89

 


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