Assessing forest inventory information obtained from different inventory approaches and remote sensing data sources

Evaluations of forest inventories usually end when accuracy and precision have been quantified by researchers in the forest inventory and monitoring research group and published in Annals of forest Science.

Aims

We aim to value the accuracy of information derived from different remote sensing sensors (airborne laser scanning, aerial multispectral and hyperspectral imagery) and four alternative forest inventory approaches.

Methods

The approaches were (1) mean values or (2) diameter distributions both obtained by the area-based approach (ABA), (3) individual tree crown (ITC) segmentation and (4) an approach called semi-individual tree crown (SITC) segmentation. The estimated tree information was assessed and used to evaluate how erroneous inventory data affect economic value and loss due to suboptimal harvesting decisions. Field measured data used as reference come from 23 field plots collected in a study area in south-eastern Norway typical of managed boreal forests in Norway.

Results

The accuracy of the forest inventory was generally in line with previous studies. Our results show that using mean values from the area-based approach may yield large economic losses, while adding a diameter distribution to the area-based approach yielded less loss than the individual tree crown methods. Adding information from imagery had little effect on the results.

Conclusions

Taking inventory costs into account, diameter distributions from the area-based approach without additional information seems favourable.

Reference

  • [DOI] E. Bergseng, H. O. Ørka, E. Næsset, and T. Gobakken, “Assessing forest inventory information obtained from different inventory approaches and remote sensing data sources,” Annals of forest science, pp. 1-13, 2014.
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    @Article{Bergseng2014,
    Title = {Assessing forest inventory information obtained from different inventory approaches and remote sensing data sources},
    Author = {Bergseng, Even and Ørka, Hans Ole and Næsset, Erik and Gobakken, Terje},
    Journal = {Annals of Forest Science},
    Year = {2014},
    Pages = {1-13},
    Doi = {10.1007/s13595-014-0389-x},
    ISSN = {1286-4560},
    Keywords = {Aerial imagery Airborne laser scanning Forest management inventory Hyperspectral Multispectral Value of information},
    Owner = {hanso},
    Timestamp = {2014.10.15},
    Type = {Journal Article},
    Url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-014-0389-x}
    }

7 thoughts on “Assessing forest inventory information obtained from different inventory approaches and remote sensing data sources

  1. To whom it may concern,

    I am really interested in reading the whole report. Would be possible to have a copy of the paper?

    Thank you.
    Rene Valdez

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