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    Author(s): Giacomo Colle; Antonio Floris; Gianfranco Scrinzi; Giovanni Tabacchi; Lorenzo Cavini
    Date: 2009
    Source: In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 1-8.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Washington Office
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    In this article, we describe in depth the analysis and solutions to manage the multiple coordinates of the sampling objects coming from the three different phases of the second Italian national forest inventory (Inventario Nazionale delle Foreste e dei serbatoi forestali di Carbonio [INFC]). In particular, this article describes the criteria used to determine the sample point coordinates of the first phase, the Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning procedure of the second phase, and the GPS-aided retrieval procedure of sample points during the third phase of the INFC. Because about two-thirds of the Italian territory is hilly or mountainous, with rough orography or with tree coverage, this article also provides a nationwide analysis and survey on the use of GPS technology in forest and natural environments.

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    Colle, Giacomo; Floris, Antonio; Scrinzi, Gianfranco; Tabacchi, Giovanni; Cavini, Lorenzo 2009. The Italian National Forest Inventory: geographical and positioning aspects in relation to the different phases of the project. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 1-8.

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