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Improving Forest Inventory and Monitoring Capacity in Countries of the World

Photo of Local children playing in an agricultural area converted from forest in northern Thailand. Linda S. Heath, USDA Forest ServiceLocal children playing in an agricultural area converted from forest in northern Thailand. Linda S. Heath, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Efficient national and subnational level inventory and monitoring systems are needed to characterize carbon and other attributes of forests so that people can become better stewards of their lands. The National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC) of the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis Program has developed science-based techniques and software, and is facilitating development of national forest inventory systems by working with forested countries in the tropics. NIMAC scientists also work with the National Forest System and state governments to apply the tools to design inventory systems to meet their specialized needs.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Scott, CharlesLister, Andrew J.
Heath, Linda S. 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 493

Summary

International agreements and increased public scrutiny have resulted in the need for science-based forest inventory and monitoring systems at the national or subnational level in many countries of the world. The National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC), which is a component of the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, has developed statistically based tools such as the Design Tool and Inventory and Monitoring (DTIM), and technical guidance that provides step-by-step instructions for conducting inventory design and data processing activities. With funding from the Forest Service's Office of International Programs, NIMAC has worked in countries such as Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Vietnam so far. International assistance is provided during technical visits to the countries and study tours to the United States. NIMAC also supports inventory design and implementation on the Forest Service's National Forest System and state lands as well, especially at the mid-scale where monitoring is more intensive and localized than with FIA. The chosen inventory designs meet customer needs in a cost-effective way using the best available science.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • National Forest System
  • Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Southern Research Station
  • State & Private Forestry
  • Interagency SilvaCarbon Program
  • NASA
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • US Department of State, US Agency for International Development
  • US Geological Survey