Special Issue "Predicting Vegetation Size Maps"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. Timo Tokola
School of Forest Science, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu 80101, Finland
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Interests: Natural resource inventory; GIS; Information system planning; Developing methods for using remote sensing in natural resource inventory and computer applications for supporting regional decision making; Forest management planning including aerial photography, photogrammetry, satellite remote sensing, terrestial and airborne laser scanning, GPS based mapping, GIS database design, analysis of GIS data and implementation of desktop GIS systems
The size distribution of vegetation provides useful information for assessing the economic value, growth and yield. Tree and shrub diameter and height distribution are correlated with species diversity and ecological values. It can also provide useful information on past disturbance events and the structure and successional status of a forest. The characterization of woody vegetation and quality of ecosystem depends highly on spatial size distribution of trees in forest stand.
Since it is inefficient to measure the size of various type of vegetation structures, the diameter distribution is normally assessed through the tree stem frequency distribution. Airborne laser scanning data and other GIS information has recently comprised a revolution in technological advancements with an enormous possibility for increasing the accuracy of large-scale forest inventories and reducing their costs.
Methodologically, prediction of tree diameter distribution is reliant on different aspects, such as:
- the choice of a suitable distribution function i.e. parametric and the choice of statistical method
- the choice of the dependent variable and independent predictor (e.g., partly field information and utilizing big data fusion methods, remote sensing aspects);
- a multi-modal or irregular distribution of diameters due to unmanaged, uneven-aged forest;
- the needed number of sample plots and structure of target population; and
- the applicability of sub-distribution as well as new approaches and applications
Prof. Dr. Timo Tokola
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- diameter distribution
- height distribution
- timber sortiments
- stand structure
- big data fusion