Skip to Main Content
Estimating forest conversion rates with annual forest inventory dataAuthor(s): Paul C. Van Deusen; Francis A. Roesch
Source: Can. J. For. Res. 39:1993–1996
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Download Publication (56.73 KB)
DescriptionThe rate of land-use conversion from forest to nonforest or natural forest to forest plantation is of interest for forest certification purposes and also as part of the process of assessing forest sustainability. Conversion rates can be estimated from remeasured inventory plots in general, but the emphasis here is on annual inventory data. A new estimator is proposed based on analysis of plot-level variables that indicate when a change in forest condition occurs between inventory remeasurements. A weighted maximum likelihood estimator is derived that incorporates the binomial nature of the indicator variables, mapped plot conditions, and varying remeasurement periods. Example applications demonstrate the utility of the proposed methodology. This approach is broadly useful for estimating the annual rate of change from an initial condition to another condition from annual forest inventory data.
- 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.
CitationVan Deusen, Paul C.; Roesch, Francis A. 2009. Estimating forest conversion rates with annual forest inventory data. Can. J. For. Res. 39:1993–1996.
- Monitoring forest/non-forest land use conversion rates with annual inventory data
- Forest of Indiana, 2017
- Forests of Ohio, 2014
XML: View XML