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Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015



Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station


Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 384 p.


These proceedings report invited presentations and contributions to the 2015 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium, which was hosted by the Research and Development branch of the U.S. Forest Service. As the only comprehensive and continuous census of the forests in the United States, FIA provides strategic information needed to evaluate sustainability of current forest management practices across all ownerships. Papers and abstracts included in the publication have been sorted into general topic areas, including forest carbon accounting, change detection, and techniques development. Symposium papers cover high priority and timely issue-based topics including climate change, carbon flux, wildlife, disturbance, bioenergy, geo-spatial extensions, change monitoring, and integrating remote sensing and GIS applications.

The research contributions of Dr. Paul Van Deusen
Additivity and maximum likelihood estimation of nonlinear component biomass models
Building generalized tree mass/volume component models for improved estimation of forest stocks and utilization potential
Methods for estimating aboveground biomass and its components for five Pacific Northwest tree species
Legacy tree data: A national database of detailed tree measurements for volume, weight, and physical properties
Gaps in sampling and limitations to tree biomass estimation: a review of past sampling efforts over the past 50 years
Ratio equations for loblolly pine trees
The 2014 tanana inventory pilot: A USFS-NASA partnership to leverage advanced remote sensing technologies for forest inventory
A bayesian hierarchical model for spatio-temporal prediction and uncertainty assessment using repeat LiDAR acquisitions for the Kenai Peninsula, AK, USA
Down woody material, soil and tree core collection and analysis from the 2014 Tanana pilot plots
Characterizing forest vegetation of the Tanana Valley: what can forest inventory and analysis deliver?
Evaluating carbon stores at the earth-atmosphere interface: moss and lichen mats of subarctic Alaska
An evaluation of FIA's stand age variable
Analysis issues due to mapped conditions changing over time
Are observed trends in hardwood tree grade due to resource changes or data anomalies?
Assessment of national biomass in complex forests and technical capacity scenarios
Using forest inventory and analysis data to understand biotic resistance to plant invasions across the Eastern United States
Seeing the forest for the trees: utilizing modified random forests imputation of forest plot data for landscape-level analyses
Development of forest regeneration imputation models using permanent plots in Oregon and Washington
Effects of height and live crown ratio imputation strategies on stand biomass estimation
FIA data and species diversity—successes and failures using multivariate analysis techniques, spatial lag and error models and hot-spot analysis
When does biodiversity matter? Assessing ecosystem services across broad regions using forest inventory and analysis data
FIESTA—An R estimation tool for FIA analysts
Using small area estimation and Lidar-derived variables for multivariate prediction of forest attributes
Batch reporting of forest inventory statistics using the EVALIDator
Project CAPTURE: using forest inventory and analysis data to prioritize tree species for conservation, management, and restoration
Development of full regeneration establishment models for the forest vegetation simulator
Modeling urban host tree distributions for invasive forest insects using a two-step approach
Understanding macroscale invasion patterns and processes with FIA data
Early-seral stand age and forest structural changes in public and private forestlands in Western Oregon and Washington
An early look at forest regeneration indicator results for the Midwest and Northeast United States
Forest disturbances trigger erosion controlled fluxes of nitrogen, phosphorus and dissolved carbon
Using landsat time-series and lidar to inform aboveground carbon baseline estimation in Minnesota
The new forest carbon accounting framework for the United States
Future forest carbon accounting challenges: the question of regionalization
The great carbon push-pull: where science is pushing and policy is pulling the official forest carbon inventory of the US
Hierarchical models for informing general biomass equations with felled tree data
Litter carbon stocks in forests of the US are markedly smaller than previously reported
Incorporating climate into belowground carbon estimates in the national greenhouse gas inventory
Leveraging FIA data for analysis beyond forest reports: examples from the world of carbon
Advancing individual tree biomass prediction: assessment and alternatives to the component ratio method
Reducing uncertainty and increasing consistency: technical improvements to forest carbon pool estimation using the national forest inventory of the US
Dead wood inventory and assessment in South Korea
Using FIA and landsat observations to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of forest carbon estimates
The future of the U.S. forest carbon sink
Development of carbon response trajectories using FIA plot data and FVS growth simulator: challenges of a large scale simulation project
Utilizing Forest Inventory and Analysis Data, Remote Sensing, and Ecosystem Models for National Forest System Carbon Assessments
The role of old forests and big trees in forest carbon sequestration in the Pacific Northwest
Change detection for soil carbon in the forest inventory and analysis
Extrapolating existing soil organic carbon data to estimate soil organic carbon stocks below 20 cm
Adding net growth, removals, and mortality estimates for biomass and carbon in FIADB
Implementing a national process for estimating growth, removals, and mortality at the Pacific Northwest’s Forest Inventory and Analysis’s Region: modeling diameter growth
A diameter growth model for single-stem growth forms for the interior west forest inventory and analysis’s region
A diameter growth model for the SRS FIA
Everything you ever wanted to know about GRM* (*but were afraid to ask)
Hurricane impacts on forest resources in the Eastern United States: a post-sandy assessment
Cloud-based computation for accelerating vegetation mapping and change detection at regional to national scales
Land-use change and new houses on forestland: contrasting trends over 30 years in Oregon and Washington
Examining Pseudotsuga menziesii biomass change dynamics through succession using a regional forest inventory system
Remeasured FIA plots reveal tree-level diameter growth and tree mortality impacts of nitrogen deposition on California’s forests
US forests are showing increased rates of decline in response to a changing climate
A space-time look at two-phase estimation for improved annual inventory estimates
Repeated measures from FIA data facilitates analysis across spatial scales of tree growth responses to nitrogen deposition from individual trees to whole ecoregions
Central African detail experience: what US FIA field staff can teach and learn through short term assignments—Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon
Forest inventory and analysis program in the Western U.S.
Lava, VOG, and tropical forests: working with the FIA program in Hawaii
Collaborating for success: implementation of the interior Alaska inventory
Regional biomass stores and dynamics in forests of coastal Alaska
Harmonic analysis of dense time series of landsat imagery for modeling change in forest conditions
Mapping timing, extent, type and magnitude of disturbances across the national forest system, 1990–2011
ShapeSelectForest: a new r package for modeling landsat time series
A novel statistical methodology to overcome sampling irregularities in the forest inventory data and to model forest changes under dynamic disturbance regimes
Next-generation forest change mapping across the United States: the landscape change monitoring system (LCMS)
Image-based change estimation (ICE): monitoring land use, land cover and agent of change information for all lands
LCMS landscape change monitoring system—results from an information needs assessment
Land cover change map comparisons using open source web mapping technologies
Forest dynamics in the temperate rainforests of Alaska: from individual tree to regional scales
Observed and projected C change in the Southeastern US
Modeling post-fire woody carbon dynamics with data from remeasured inventory plots
Redrawing the baseline: a method for adjusting biased historical forest estimates using a spatial and temporally representative plot network
A regional assessment of emerald ash borer impacts in the Eastern United States: ash mortality and abundance trends in time and space
On the road to national mapping and attribution of the processes underlying U.S
Using an empirical and rule-based modeling approach to map cause of disturbance in U.S
Nationwide disturbance attribution on NASA’s earth exchange: experiences in a high-end computing environment
Forest service contributions to the national land cover database (NLCD): Tree Canopy Cover Production
Research Activities in Support of High-Resolution Land Cover Mapping in the North Central United States
Global ecosystem dynamics investigation (GEDI) LiDAR sampling strategy
Development of a regional LiDAR field plot strategy for Oregon and Washington
Refining FIA plot locations using LiDAR point clouds
Forest inventory with LiDAR and stereo DSM on Washington department of natural resources lands
Analysis of the U.S. forest tolerance patterns depending on current and future temperature and precipitation
Applying management modeling to assess the feasibility of accelerating landscape restoration on federal forests in Eastern Oregon
Large-area forest inventory regression modeling: spatial scale considerations
An appraisal of the classic forest succession paradigm with the shade tolerance index
Private forest landowners’ harvest and regeneration decisions—effect of proximity to primary wood-using mills
Logging utilization research in the Pacific Northwest: residue prediction and unique research challenges
Using TPO data to estimate timber demand in support of planning on the Tongass National Forest
Ecosystem services: a new NRS-FIA analytical science initiative
Reaching users at local scales: insights into the value of forest inventory information for education and outreach and the potential for an effective partnership between FIA, cooperative extension, and state and national conservation education partners
The new face of America’s family forest owners: results from the 2011–2013 USDA Forest Service, national woodland owner survey
America’s female family forest owners
Moss as bio-indicators of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Portland, OR
“Lichens Lite?” chemical analysis of lichens for tracking 26 pollutants
Expanding the FIA inventory to understand plant diversity in Palau’s conservation areas
Using landscape-level forest monitoring data to draw a representative picture of an iconic subalpine tree species
Using adjunct forest inventory methodology to quantify pinyon jay habitat in the great basin
Estimating mangrove in Florida: trials monitoring rare ecosystems
A baseline assessment of forest composition, structure, and health in the Hawai‘i experimental tropical forests
DIY visualizations: opportunities for story-telling with esri tools
Visual analysis of forest health using story maps: a tale of two forest insect pests
Utilizing online technology to increase the data reach of the forest inventory and analysis program; examples from the Southern United States
Implementing dashboards as a business intelligence tool in the forest inventory and analysis program
Telling the story of tree species’ range shifts in a complex landscape
The volumes and value of non-timber forest products harvested in the United States
Non-timber forest products in Hawaii
Using FIA inventory plot data to assess NTFP production possibilities
New methods for estimating non-timber forest product output: an Appalachian case study
How might FIA deliver more information on status and trends of non-timber forest products?
Spatiotemporal patterns of ring-width variability in the northern interior west
Estimating FIA plot characteristics using NAIP imagery, function modeling, and the RMRS Raster Utility coding library
Estimating FIA plot characteristics using NAIP imagery, function modeling, and the RMRS raster utility coding library
Evaluating the potential of structure from motion technology for forest inventory data collection
Complementing forest inventory data with information from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery and photogrammetry
Urban FIA: where we have been, where we are, and where we are going
Austin's urban FIA: seamless rural to urban resource monitoring in Texas
Going public: accessing urban data and producing population estimates using the urban FIA database
The urban FIA inventory: plot design, data collection, data flow and processing
i-Tree and urban FIA—what's the connection?
The evolution of Wisconsin's urban FIA program—yesterday today and tomorrow
NLCD tree canopy cover (TCC) maps of the contiguous United States and coastal Alaska
Estimating carbon in forest soils of the United States using the national forest inventory
An application of quantile random forests for predictive mapping of forest attributes
Mapping forest canopy disturbance in the Upper Great Lakes, USA
National forest change monitoring system in South Korea: an analysis of forest tree species distribution shifts
Forest inventory and analysis program in the Western U.S
Woody encroachment in the Central United States
National report on sustainable forests—2015: conservation of biological diversity
Consequences of data reduction in the FIA database: a case study with southern yellow pine
Modeling aspen cover type diameter distributions in Minnesota
Alternatives to estimate statewide changes in aspen cover type volumes
Competition alters tree growth responses to climate at individual and stand scales


Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2016. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 384 p.


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