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Forest type mapping of the Interior West

Ruefenacht, Bonnie; Moisen, Gretchen G.; Blackard, Jock A. 2004. Forest type mapping of the Interior West. In: Greer, Jerry Dean, ed. Remote sensing for field users; proceedings of the tenth Forest Service remote sensing applications conference; 2004 April 5-9; Salt Lake City, UT. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. CD-ROM.

This paper develops techniques for the mapping of forest types in Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The methods involve regression-tree modeling using a variety of remote sensing and GIS layers along with Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) point data. Regression-tree modeling is a fast and efficient technique of estimating variables for large data sets with high accuracy levels. If the methods developed in this paper are successful, they will be applied to the contiguous United States and Alaska producing a forest type map for these areas. This forest type map will update and improve an older version of the forest type map made in 1992.

Keywords: mapping, Intermountain West, regression-tree modeling, Forest Inventory Analysis, FIA

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Forest type mapping of the Interior West
Electronic Publish Date: January 19, 2006
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