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US Forest Atlas FIA Modeled Abundance, Forest-type Groups, Harvest and Carbon (Rest Services Directory)

posted on 2024-06-05, 12:49 authored by U.S. Forest Service
FIA Modeled Abundance:�
This dataset portrays the live tree mean basal area (square feet per acre) of the species across the contiguous United States. The underlying data publication contains raster maps of live tree basal area for each tree species along with corresponding assessment data. An efficient approach for mapping multiple individual tree species over large spatial domains was used to develop these raster datasets. The method integrates vegetation phenology derived from MODIS imagery and raster data describing relevant environmental parameters with extensive field plot data of tree species basal area to create maps of tree species abundance and distribution at a 250-meter (m) pixel size for the contiguous United States. The approach uses the modeling techniques of k-nearest neighbors and canonical correspondence analysis, where model predictions are calculated using a weighting of nearest neighbors based on proximity in a feature space derived from the model. The approach also utilizes a stratification derived from the 2001 National Land-Cover Database tree canopy cover layer.�

This data depicts current species abundance and distribution across the contiguous United States, modeled by using FIA field plot data. Although the absolute values associated with the maps differ from species to species, the highest values within each map are always associated with darker colors. The Little's Range Boundaries show the historical tree species ranges across North America. This is a digital representation of maps by Elbert L. Little, Jr., published between 1971 and 1977. These maps were based on botanical lists, forest surveys, field notes and herbarium specimens.

Forest-type Groups:
This dataset portrays the forest type group. Each group is a subset of the National Forest Type dataset which portrays 28 forest type groups across the contiguous United States. These data were derived from MODIS composite images from the 2002 and 2003 growing seasons in combination with nearly 100 other geospatial data layers, including elevation, slope, aspect, ecoregions, and PRISM climate data.

Harvest Growth:
This data shows the percentage of timber that is harvested when compared to the total live volume, at a county-by-county level. Timber volume in forests is constantly in flux, and harvest plays an important role in shaping forests. While most counties have some timber harvest, harvest volumes represent low percentages of standing timber volume.

Carbon Harvest:
The Carbon Harvest raster dataset represents Mg of annual pulpwood harvested (carbon) by county, derived from the Forest Inventory Analysis in 2016.

This record was taken from the USDA Enterprise Data Inventory that feeds into the catalog. Data for this record includes the following resources:
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U.S. Forest Service


  • Geospatial

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ISO Topic Category

  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

Forestry, Wildland Management

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:96 - Forest Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:059 - Management Activities

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