Leveraging Open Data to Support Forest Mapping, Modeling, and Policy Analysis in the Pacific Northwest, USA

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2020: $349,981.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2023
Host Institution Award ID: G353-20-W7899
Grant Recipients: Ecotrust; Northwest Natural Resource Group; Wallowa Resources
Region: Western
State: Oregon
Principal Investigator:
David Diaz
Nils Christoffersen
Wallowa Resources
Dr. Gregory Ettl
University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sci
Kirk Hanson
Northwest Natural Resource Group
Increasing access to open data can offer unprecedented opportunities to conduct and share actionable science involving forest ecology, management, and conservation. This dissertation recounts three diverse applications of open data and ecosystem data science in the Pacific Northwest, USA: (i) to generate maps of forest conditions that can be easily updated as new earth observation data arrive; (ii) to develop a reproducible workflow to recalibrate the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), a widely used growth-and-yield model, as new field observations arise; and (iii) to quantify tradeoffs in timber, carbon, and cash flow among alternative management approaches in Douglas-fir forests.
David Diaz, University of Washington
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