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A Simulation Algorithm to Approximate the Area of Mapped Forest Inventory PlotsAuthor(s): William A. Bechtold; Naser E. Heravi; Matthew E. Kinkenon
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-67. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 8 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionCalculating the area of polygons associated with mapped forest inventory plots can be mathematically cumbersome, especially when computing change between inventories. We developed a simulation technique that utilizes a computer-generated dot grid and geometry to estimate the area of mapped polygons within any size circle. The technique also yields a matrix of change in mapped-plot area between two points in time.
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CitationBechtold, William A.; Heravi, Naser E.; Kinkenon, Matthew E. 2003. A Simulation Algorithm to Approximate the Area of Mapped Forest Inventory Plots. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-67. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 8 p.
KeywordsArea transition matrix, condition class, forest inventory, mapped plots, plot area calculation
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