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Assisting countries in the development of statistically valid estimates of forest attributes

Date: September 05, 2016

The USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program utilizes 100 years of knowledge and experience acquired through inventorying American forests to help countries establish national inventories


The USDA Forest Service provides assistance to requesting countries that are establishing forest inventories. Among the activities provided are study tours and workshops. The study tours usually occur at a  Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) regional office and are collaborative in nature, covering all aspects of conducting a national inventory. The workshops are typically held in the requesting country and concentrate on one aspect of conducting a national forest inventory.

FIA developed and conducted two types of workshops:

  1. The use of the R statistical programming language in forest inventories, for inventory programs that want to develop in-house analysis tools, and

  2. The use of Open Foris Calc and a less intense introduction to R statistical programming language. Open Foris Calc is a data analysis and reporting tool that is part of a set of free and open-source software tools that is being developed collaboratively by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

Participants and Facilitators of the Ecuadorian National Forest Inventory Workshop in Quito, Ecuador
Participants and Facilitators of the Ecuadorian National Forest Inventory Workshop in Quito, Ecuador

Activities

  • Development of workshop on using R statistical software in national forest inventories

  • Organize and facilitate study tours on conducting national forest inventories

  • Assisted with the development of the estimation module for the Open Foris open-source software being developed by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations 

Additional Information



Principal Investigators: 
External Partners: 
Cosimo Togna, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, developer of Calc module of Open Foris