USDA Forest Service Resource Information Group
Design and Analysis Tools for Inventory and Monitoring (DATIM)
The DATIM project is a cross-deputy area effort sponsored by the EMC Director and the R&D’s National Inventory and Monitoring Application Center (NIMAC). The DATIM core team is comprised of both R&D and NFS staff members from resource inventory and forest planning programs. The DATIM project will develop two separate IT applications that integrate existing national applications and make use of commercial software that is part of the agency software library. There will be two modules of tools in the total DATIM package: DTIM and ATIM.
In summary DATIM will:
Field Evaluations (as of June 2011)
To date, the DATIM Core team has sponsored numerous two-day field evaluation sessions with Forest and Regional Office staff in every Region except Region 2. Project design and business requirements were modified in response to feedback received during these field reviews. The Team has been working closely with a nationally contracted development team to ensure the final set of tools meet their exact specifications and field-level user needs. Most recently, members of both teams have participated in many joint “storyboard” WebEx sessions designed to ensure the user interface and tool capabilities will meet national and regional requirements and standards. Additional sessions are planned for the next several months until the first official release of the ATIM in March 2012.
Two prototype models have been released and tested by field-level users. Coordination is ongoing with other existing applications such as NRIS Tools and FVS to ensure compatibility and cross-migration of input data and output tables. More Details and background about the DATIM project can be found in the most recent PowerPoint presentation, Design and Analysis, Tools for Inventory & Monitoring: DATIM (.pdf, 2.4 MB) and in the Overview of the DATIM System.
DATIM is currently in the last month of the Development Stage of the Pilot One Production System. This Stage is scheduled for completion in early March 2012. Pilot One includes these components:
FVS (Forest Vegetation Simulator) and/or Regional compilations will be run, output can be evaluated, and results can be loaded into Proxy DataMart by Regional Administrator or DATIM Subset for use with ATIM, DTIM, etc. Currently, any compilations that FVS Compilation Library does not include will have to be added to the DataMart library. The DataMart and Regional administrators can add routines at user request
Schedule of Work
List of participants
Project Leadership Team
USFS Core Team
UNLV and USFS Developers Team
Design and Analysis, Tools for Inventory & Monitoring: DATIM (.pdf, 2.4 MB)
[Proposed] 2012 NFMA Forest Planning Rule, § 219.12 Monitoring (.pdf, 676 KB)
Design Tool for Inventory and Monitoring (DTIM) (.pdf, 1.7 MB)
Analysis Tool for Inventory and Monitoring (ATIM) (.pdf, 952 KB)
Publications of Interest
Scott, Charles T. 2009. Overview of the National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC). P.223-229 in Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008 (PDF, 33.1 MB). McWilliams, Will, Moisen, Gretchen, and Czaplewski, Ray (eds.).U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ft. Collins, CO. RMRS-P-56CD.
Scott, Charles T., Bush, Renate, and Brewer, Ken. 2009. Design Tool for Inventory and Monitoring. P.230-237 in Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008 (PDF, 33.1 MB). McWilliams, Will, Moisen, Gretchen, and Czaplewski, Ray (eds.).USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. RMRS-P-56CD.
Lister, Andrew, Scott, Charles T., and Rasmussen, Steve. 2011. Inventory methods for trees in nonforest areas in the Great Plains states. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Online First - SpringerLink.
Lister, Andrew, Scott, Charles T., and Rasmussen, Steve. 2009. Inventory of Trees in Nonforest Areas in the Great Plains States. P.237-243 in Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008 (PDF, 33.1 MB). McWilliams, Will, Moisen, Gretchen, and Czaplewski, Ray (eds.). USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. RMRS-P-56CD.
Morin, Randall S., Prichard, Teague, Everson, Vern, Westfall, James A., and Scott, Charles T. 2009. Wisconsin State Forests Continuous Forest Inventory: A Look at the First Year. P.259-268 in Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008 (PDF, 33.1 MB). McWilliams, Will, Moisen, Gretchen, and Czaplewski, Ray (eds.).USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. RMRS-P-56CD.
Lister, Andrew J. and Scott, Charles T. 2009. Use of space-filling curves to select sample locations in natural resource monitoring studies. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 149:71-80.
McRoberts, Ronald E., Bechtold, William A., Patterson, Paul L., Scott, Charles T., and Reams, Gregory A. 2005. The enhanced Forest Inventory and Analysis Program of the USDA Forest Service: Historical perspective and announcement of statistical documentation. Journal of Forestry 103(6):304-308.
Bechtold, William A. and Patterson, Paul L. 2005. The enhanced Forest Inventory and Analysis program - national sampling design and estimation procedures. General Technical Report SRS-80. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC. 85 p.
Tool Prototypes with Tutorials
The following four documents were developed over several years to identify all of the business requirements of the DATIM system tools. The information in these documents is being used by the Development Team as a means of understanding what the Core Team expects from the tools and the environment within which the user will operate the tools to conduct analyses.
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