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National Estimates of China’s Forests Become More Consistent and Precise, Thanks to Forest Service Scientists

Photo of Forest Service scientist Sean Healey (left) in front of Beijing Forestry University with Dr. Klaus von Gadow of that institution. USDA Forest ServiceForest Service scientist Sean Healey (left) in front of Beijing Forestry University with Dr. Klaus von Gadow of that institution. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Scientist helps the Chinese National Forest Inventory document methods and conclusions of China's efforts to understand its own forests.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Healey, Sean P.  
Research Location : China
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 769

Summary

China’s biomass and forest area have markedly increased over the past decades, according to the country's international reporting of forest resources. As in the United States, such reporting is important for climate negotiations. But little is known internationally about how China measures its own forests across such a broad area or whether its measurements are consistent over time. Forest Service research ecologist Sean Healey worked with an international team of scientists to describe Chinese efforts to report the status and trends of the country’s forests. Chinese inventory methods and definitions have changed over the decades and efforts to cross-walk consistent methods across time show significant increases in the country’s forest resources. Like other countries, China has gradually integrated new technology into its inventory, and it has moved toward methods that increase consistency and precision in national estimates. China does not yet freely distribute inventory data, but collaborations like this one help make its methods and results more transparent.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Erkki Tomppo, Natural Resources Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • Klaus von Gadow, Beijing Forestry University
  • WeiSheng Zeng, Academy of Forest Inventory and Planning, State Forestry Administration, Beijing, China