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Title: Bridging the gap between data analysis and data collection in FIA and forest monitoring globally: successes, research findings, and lessons learned from the Western US and Southeast Asia

Author: Mortenson, Leif.;

Date: 2015

Source: In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 193.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Globally, national forest inventories (NFI) require a large work force typically consisting of multiple teams spread across multiple locations in order to successfully capture a given nation’s forest resources. This is true of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program in the US and in many inventories in developing countries that are supported by USFS International Programs. As such, communication between teams, especially analytical staff in central offices and “boots on the ground” field staff collecting the data in dispersed locations is paramount to a robust data set. This inter-team communication and collaboration is also crucial for generating key scientific findings from FIA/NFI data sets. This is because there is often not the luxury of a single scientist, or team being able to make observations and generate findings based both from data analysis and significant time in the field, that there are in smaller scale research projects. Fortunately, in FIA, the quality assurance/quality control program helps keep data quality at targeted levels, fosters inter-team communication and offers a great framework for similar programs in developing countries. Additional collaborations between data collection and data analysis occur in FIA and successful examples are presented. Additionally, several specific forest health research findings and lessons learned from working with both data collection and data analysis in forest monitoring systems are presented from the western U.S. and Southeast Asia.

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Mortenson, Leif. 2015. Bridging the gap between data analysis and data collection in FIA and forest monitoring globally: successes, research findings, and lessons learned from the Western US and Southeast Asia. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 193.

 


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