Longleaf pine forests are one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in the world. RMRS scientists and collaborators have developed new tools that can quantify the amount and condition of longleaf pine forest at fine spatial resolution over large areas. Researchers are improving the technologies and software and strengthening the extension and outreach aspects of this work. The next phase of the project will run through 2020.
Forest biomass is a promising feedstock (raw material to supply or fuel a machine or industrial process) for the production of bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts because it is renewable and widely available as a byproduct of forest management. However, there are many obstacles have that have prevented more widespread use of forest biomass. This project was set in place to quantify and evaluate these obstacles so that land managers can overcome them.
The RMRS Raster Utility is an object oriented coding library that facilitates a wide range of spatial and statistical analyses using novel statistical methods in a newly developed Function Modeling framework. This work includes:
New tools for spatial and statistical analysis
Readily available, easy to use, free, GIS software add-in
Website describing software functionality and applications
Code repository for others to integrate into their work
Tutorials and sample analyses