Funded Research Projects: SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Spatial Optimization of Sampling Design to Monitor Forest Carbon in Interior Alaska, United States

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Sándor F. Tóth
Project Description
In this project, we will develop a spatial optimization framework that can select a subset of FIA (Forest Inventory and Analysis) plots in the interior of Alaska and schedule field as well as remote measurements on an annual basis over a 10-year period in an attempt to minimize projected standard errors on the five carbon pools listed above subject to budgetary and logistical constraints. The model will take into account the fixed costs of aircraft and helicopter use, field crews and the establishment of camps in the vicinity of the plots. The cargo and fuel capacity of the crafts will also be incorporated, as well as the time requirements of processing plots and moving among the plots, bases and camps. Other potential inputs might include time constraints on the field season and the accessibility of sites.