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Forest Service software goes global

Photo of The GuidosToolbox offers a free, user-friendly alternative to commercial software tools for users across the globe to monitor forest fragmentation and landscape patterns at any scale. The GuidosToolbox offers a free, user-friendly alternative to commercial software tools for users across the globe to monitor forest fragmentation and landscape patterns at any scale. Snapshot : Originally intended to foster and support U.S.-European harmonization of forest assessments required for the Montreal Process and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a research collaboration has become the vehicle to transfer Forest Service technology to an underserved global community of forest resource analysts.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Riitters, Kurt 
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1313

Summary

Since 1999, Forest Service research has discovered and applied efficient and informative ways to monitor forest fragmentation and landscape patterns using land cover maps at national to global scales. Researchers developed specialized software to support Forest Service Resources Planning Act and sustainability assessments, but it was not feasible to transfer that software to a global community of users. Aresearch collaboration between the Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the European Commission Joint Research Center established in 2003 has now achieved that technology transfer. Researchers have incorporated Forest Service software and algorithms to conduct a full range of multi-scale data analyses and assessments that have been used in official U.S. assessments into the latest version of the GuidosToolbox (available at http://forest.jrc.ec.europa.eu/download/software/guidos/). With a global user base of approximately 20,000, the GuidosToolbox offers a free, user-friendly alternative to commercial software that is typically not available in the developing world, with extensive online training for U.S. assessment protocols and software support provided by the European Commission.

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External Partners

  • Forest Health Monitoring
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre

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