Skip to Main Content
Statistical properties of mean stand biomass estimators in a LIDAR-based double sampling forest survey design.Author(s): H.E. Anderson; J. Breidenbach
Source: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: Istanbul, Turkey 8 p
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
PDF: View PDF (1.16 MB)
DescriptionAirborne laser scanning (LIDAR) can be a valuable tool in double-sampling forest survey designs. LIDAR-derived forest structure metrics are often highly correlated with important forest inventory variables, such as mean stand biomass, and LIDAR-based synthetic regression estimators have the potential to be highly efficient compared to single-stage estimators, which could lead to increased precision for inventory estimates. However, when a limited sample is available to develop the regression model, an estimate based solely on the synthetic regression estimator can yield biased results for stands within a forest area where the regression model was unrepresentative. A number of modified (approximately) design-unbiased regression estimators have been proposed that serve to reduce this model-induced bias while also maintaining the efficient, variance-reducing properties of the synthetic regression estimator. In this study, we use a simulation approach to explore the statistical properties of several LIDAR-based regression estimators of mean stand biomass, using LIDAR and field plot data collected at a study site in a conifer forest in western Washington State, USA.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationAnderson, H.E.; Breidenbach, J. 2007. Statistical properties of mean stand biomass estimators in a LIDAR-based double sampling forest survey design. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: Istanbul, Turkey 8 p
Keywordsforestry, statistics, LIDAR, sampling, inventory, biomass
- Model-assisted forest yield estimation with light detection and ranging
- Generalized and synthetic regression estimators for randomized branch sampling
- Effects of lidar pulse density and sample size on a model-assisted approach to estimate forest inventory variables
XML: View XML