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Sean P Healey

Research Ecologist
507 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 801-625-5770
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Current Research

I am leading a team to develop a forest carbon management support tool called ForCaMF (Forest Carbon Management Framework). This system depends upon inventory (FIA) data, satellite imagery, timber output records, and the Forest Vegetation Simulator, all of which are available consistently over time throughout the conterminous US.

Research Interests

1.Assessment of the role of disturbance and management on carbon storage at management-relevant scales.2. Combination of remote sensing, especially Landsat time series, with inventory data to create meaningful spatial data products.3. International monitoring issues.

Past Research

Forests partially mitigate human greenhouse gas emissions as trees sequester carbon through photosynthesis. Our work is a tangible step toward allowing forest managers to consider carbon storage as one of a number of resources that can be managed for. Documentation of forest management's carbon benefits in the context of natural disturbance regimes will be important in any carbon market as well as demonstrating global benefits derived from public forests.

Why This Research is Important

1.Disturbance mapping in many parts of the country using Landsat time series.2.Effect of disturbance upon older forests at the regional level (PNW).3.Mapping forest conditions over time.

Education

  • New College of Florida, BA Biology, 1992
  • Columbia, MA Science Education, 1998
  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Silviculture and Forest Protection, 2002

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Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2011-02
Visualizing carbon storage of harvested and burned forests

New research at the Rocky Mountain Research Station has developed a process to visualize how harvested and burned stands contribute to overall c ...

2011


Last updated on : 11/25/2013