A primary focus of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment program research is to improve monitoring techniques and develop new applications for the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.
For example, we are working to expand forest health metrics using indicator species, improve estimates of canopy cover and biomass from standard inventory measurements.
Improving variance estimators
Forest health metrics
Canopy cover estimates
We are working to improve estimates of tree canopy cover from standard inventory measurements.
PNW-RMA researchers and statisticians are continually working to improve monitoring techniques and improves estimates of forest attributes such as canopy cover and biomass.