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    Author(s): Ronald E. McRoberts; Erkki O. Tomppo
    Date: 2007
    Source: Remote Sensing of Environment. 110(4): 412-419.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    National forest inventory programs are tasked to produce timely and accurate estimates for a wide range of forest resource variables for a variety of users and applications. Time, cost, and precision constraints cause these programs to seek technological innovations that contribute to measurement and estimation efficiencies and that facilitate the production and distribution of an increasing array of inventory data, estimates, and derived products. Many of the recent innovations have involved remotely sensed data and related statistical estimation techniques. Current applications of remote sensing in support of national forest inventories are reviewed for three areas: (1) observation or measurement, meaning using remotely sensed data in lieu of field observations or measurements; (2) estimation, meaning calculation of traditional inventory areal estimates such as forest area or volume per unit area; and (3) mapping. Future applications focus on two areas: augmenting field measurements with remotely sensed data obtained from lidar sensors and Internet accessible map-based estimation.

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    McRoberts, Ronald E.; Tomppo, Erkki O. 2007. Remote sensing support for national forest inventories. Remote Sensing of Environment. 110(4): 412-419.


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