Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to Guide Burned Landscape Recovery and Restoration in Sierra Nevada Forests

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Jerry Franklin
Project Description
Region 5 (Pacific Southwest) of the USDA’s Forest Service and the Conservation Biology Institute are implementing a mapping and modeling system to assess the habitat quality and resilience of Sierra Nevada Forests. This system depends on forest composition and structure measurements derived from Landsat data and forest inventory plots (the FastEmap system) and models (the EEMS system) that predict whether habitat quality will be preserved in the face of ongoing forest processes such as fire and drought and through predicted climate change. Work funded by this modification will produce three sets of products: 1) Assess the error in mapping forest structure for the fastEmap system and use LiDAR data as training data to improve the fastEmap structure imputations. 2) Assess the accuracy of the EEMS system modeling. 3) Integrate the fastEmap and EEMS products into current landscape-to-regional scale forest mapping and assessment in the Sierra Nevada led by the University of Washington separately funded by the Pacific Southwest Research Station (14-JV-11272139-014, Using LiDAR to Guide Restoration in Sierra Nevada Forests) and the Pacific Northwest Research Station (agreement in processing, Using Airborne LiDAR to Assess, Compare, and Contrast Forested Landscapes).