Title: Combining mapped and statistical data in forest ecological inventory and monitoring - supplementing an existing system
Author: Schreuder, H. T.; Czaplewski, R.; Bailey, R. G.
Source: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 56: 269-291.
Description: forest ecological inventory and monitoring system combining information derived from maps and samples is proposed based on ecosystem regions (Bailey, 1994). The system extends the design of the USDA Forest Service Region 6 Inventory and Monitoring System (R6IMS) in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The key uses of the information are briefly discussed and expected results are illustrated with examples. The system is flexible, allowing regions based on ecological considerations to be modified. Sampling intensities that are affordable are likely to be insufficient to provide meaningful estimates for key parameters relating to rare and endangered species, watersheds, and other ecological units.Methods are proposed for collecting additional information in follow-up surveys and combining it with relevant information obtained in R6IMS. Near-continuous information on weather and possible pollution variables recorded by instruments at sampling sites is needed to develop meaningful models to understand what is happening in the ecoregions. R6IMS and the proposed additions constitute a dynamic system which will be modified further as data are analyzed.
Keywords: grid approach, mapping, monitoring, National Forests, purposive sampling, random sampling, statistical inventory
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Schreuder, H. T.; Czaplewski, R.; Bailey, R. G. 1999. Combining mapped and statistical data in forest ecological inventory and monitoring - supplementing an existing system. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 56: 269-291..