Management of Engineering and Technology
Forest surveys -- United States -- Effect of technolgical innovations on, United States. Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (U.S.)
The US Forest Service (USFS), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is the nation’s forest census program that has been conducting inventories of private and public forested lands for over 80 years. This paper will discuss the history of the FIA program; how technology has changed, the way field crew’s conduct inventories, as well as look at what new technologies are available to the FIA program. The new endeavor into interior Alaska, approximately 112 million forested acres in size, is the last remaining forested area within the United States to be inventoried. In 2014, the US Forest Service FIA program conducted a pilot inventory in the Tanana Valley of Alaska. This paper looks at current ways the field teams conduct inventories, and how state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies can assist with data collection. Analysis of technologies in use resulted in a set of recommendations related to; 1) Earlier adoption of newer technologies, which in turn allows for earlier adoption of even more future technologies. 2) Tighter integrations at a project management level to ensure overlap is reduced where possible, and 3) Broader, more open relationships with scientific bodies at all levels of the organization resulting in more informed decision making with regards to technology adoption thus optimizing each field team’s data gathered from field plots.
Alobaidi, Sarah; Deshpande, Tejas; Nigg, Donavon; Ozdemir, Dilek; Smith, Mike; and Wehner, Nicole, "Evolution of Technology in the Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program" (2016). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 25.