Chapter 7 - Advancing broad-scale forest health evaluation and monitoring with rFIA

This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.

  • Authors: Stanke, Hunter; Finley, Andrew O.; Domke, Grant M.
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-261

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program collects data describing the condition and change of forest ecosystems across all lands in the United States (Smith 2002, USDA Forest Service 2019b). The extraordinary size of the spatial domain and breadth of forest variables sampled by the FIA program make it a unique and powerful resource for determining the extent and severity of undesirable changes in forest health across large spatial domains in the United States. Due to a lack of flexible, userfriendly tools for estimation of forest variables (Tinkham and others 2018), the richness and utility of the FIA data are not always realized for forest health assessment. We developed rFIA (Stanke and others 2020, https://rfia.netlify. app/), an open-source R package (R Core Team 2020), to reduce these data accessibility hurdles and unlock the potential of FIA for broad-scale forest health evaluation and monitoring.

  • Citation: Stanke, Hunter; Finley, Andrew O.; Domke, Grant M. 2021. Chapter 7 - Advancing broad-scale forest health evaluation and monitoring with rFIA. In: Potter, K.M.; Conkling, B.L., eds. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2020. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-261. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 143-154.
  • Posted Date: August 6, 2021
  • Modified Date: August 9, 2021
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • Our online publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.